EU Data Protection Vote Delayed

Author:Mr John O'Connor

A vote on the draft Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”) has been delayed again. On Monday May 6 2013, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (the “LIBE Committee”) met to discuss the latest draft of the Regulation. LIBE's lead rapporteur, German MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who is charged with directing the legislation through to the final vote, explained that although several meetings have been held and some agreements have been reached, further discussion is needed in light of the significant number of amendments proposed to the Regulation.

The LIBE Committee will not accordingly be in a position to vote on the Regulation on May 29 as planned. Rapporteur Albrecht said he believes that compromises can be adopted with a broad consensus and that a vote is still possible before July.

The Irish government, which currently holds the EU presidency, is eager to hold a vote at the Member State level before the end of its presidency on July 1. However this is only possible after the European Parliament as a whole has voted, something it will not do until it has heard from the LIBE Committee.

Speaking to the LIBE committee on Monday...

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