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European Commission - Statement

Statement by Commissioner Věra Jourová on the European Parliament consent vote on the conclusion of the EU-U.S. data protection "Umbrella Agreement"

Brussels, 1 December 2016

 On the occasion of the final vote by the European Parliament on the conclusion of the EU-U.S. Data Protection "Umbrella Agreement", Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said:

"I welcome the strong positive vote of the European Parliament on the conclusion of the EU-U.S. Data Protection "Umbrella Agreement". This historic agreement introduces high data protection standards for transatlantic law enforcement cooperation.

More than ever, the EU and the U.S. need to cooperate to fight crime and terrorism and protect citizens from common security challenges. At the same time this cooperation needs to safeguard the European fundamental right to privacy. The "Umbrella Agreement" will ensure that the exchanges of personal data, such as criminal records, names or addresses, are governed by strong data protection rules.

After years of negotiations, we concluded a unique agreement that guarantees a high level of protection to EU citizens' personal data transferred to judicial and police authorities across the Atlantic. A major novelty is that the U.S. will grant all EU citizens the right to enforce their data protection rights in U.S. courts, a right that U.S. citizens already enjoy in Europe.

It is now important that the U.S. side makes the necessary designations under the Judicial Redress Act, so that the agreement can enter into force as soon as possible."

The agreement was signed on 2 June 2016 in Amsterdam. It will enter into force once each party has completed the necessary internal procedures. On the European Union side, this is the adoption of a decision by the Council on the conclusion of the agreement, following the European Parliament's consent vote.


For more information on the "Umbrella Agreement", see the Q&A




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