Commission welcomes agreement on data protection and provisions for research
According to the European Commission, the new EU Data Protection Regulation establishes a good balance between the preservation of European citizens' privacy and the supporting of scientific research. The Commission has welcomed the agreement reached by the EU Member States and the European Parliament, approved by the EP plenary in Strasbourg on 14 April 2016.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, expressed his satisfaction with the new Regulation which “strives to protect our citizens while providing the necessary conditions for our researchers and innovators to do their jobs."
The new data protection regulation was identified last year as a crucial element for the functioning of the Digital Single Market, in which Research and Innovation play a key role. Finally, the agreed provisions on research will remove some of the barriers to Open Science and Open Innovation.
The Commission will now closely follow the two-year transition phase (2016-18) and may support the Member States in putting the new rules into practice, for example through guidelines and codes of conduct.
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