The European Council

The Council of the EU

On the last 4 and 5 December, the Council of the European Union held its 3354th meeting on Justice and Home Affairs.

A partial general approach on specific aspects of the draft regulation setting out a general EU framework for data protection was reached, on a “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” basis, namely regarding provisions related to the public sector and specific data processing situations.

Moreover, the proposal presented by the Italian Presidency on the ‘one stop shop‘ mechanism was discussed and a “majority of ministers endorsed the general architecture of the proposal and the Presidency concluded that further technical work will need to be done in the coming months“.

Regarding the EU PNR Directive, it is expected of the European Parliament to adopt as soon as possible its position so as to start negotiations with the Council.

In addition, the Council was updated on the state of play concerning the Directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of prevention, investigation, detection, or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and free movement of such data.

You can find the press release here and the compromised proposals agreed on here.