Transatlantic Data Flows and the Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Ensuring compatibility with European Data Protection standards

Erstellt am 03.03.2014

When? 5 March 2014, 15:00-18:30

Where? European Parliament, room ASP 1G3

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Welcome and introduction

•    Rebecca Harms MEP, co-Chair of the Greens/EFA group
Monitoring the TTIP negotiations from a Data Protection perspective

•    Imke Sommer, Data Protection Commissioner of Bremen, Germany
•    Kostas Rossoglou, Senior Legal Officer, BEUC
•    Anna Fielder, Trustee and Chair, Privacy International
•    Ante Wessels, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)
•    Amelia Andersdotter MEP
Restoring trust in transatlantic data flows

•    Bruno Gencarelli, Deputy Head of Unit for Data Protection, DG Justice, European Commission
•    Hielke Hijmans, Head of Policy and Consultation, European Data Protection Supervisor
•    Caspar Bowden, Independent Privacy Advocate
•    Eva Lichtenberger MEP
Concluding remarks

•    Christian Engström MEP

The Data Protection Package is one of the most intensely debated and lobbied dossiers in the 7th legislature. Thousands of amendments and hundreds of lobbyists have made it a difficult struggle for Parliament to reach the strong position it has now. Further, the recent NSA scandals and EU government surveillance have highlighted the global need for high level data protection standards.
At the same time, European Data Protection Authorities have warned against Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations undermining European data protection standards under review. Hence there is a need to closely monitor these TTIP negotiations from a data protection perspective and debate the wider context of transatlantic data flows.


LaVida schreibt am 16-07-14 04:06:

On whether or not the US wants to codlcune a tradedeal.-Clear that they prefer a EU deal; however-seen the other freetrade deals, the one with the UK would be considerably bigger than most of the ones already codlcuned. And Congress and the administration have made a fuzz about some of these (Korea and Columbia come to mind).It would be safe to call for any bluff otherwise imho. It is mainly as you state in the conditions. The EU is an equal partner the UK is a partner but a clearly junior one. So the conditions on the issues dealt with will likely be better for the EU. But that is with a big IF, namely the conditions to be dealt with in such an agreement.However the EU and especially the Latino part also causes a considerable number of extra obstacles (that the UK doesnot). Eg:-Culture. Will be a much minor issue for the UK (because of the language and the UKs attitude);-Agriculture. The French in particular simply try with all sorts of stealth measures to protect this sector. For the UK this is less of a problem. Seen from another angle the UK will in an EU set up have to keep buying all sort of expensive agricultural stuff.-Services. And important sector, but hardly achievable within the EU. Btw this topic has to be arranged before an exit becomes a possibility. Hard to see how some EU countries can have an agreement on one sector with a non-EU country while other EU countries donot participate.-Military/Arms might be another one. UK is far more likely to get a deal on this than the EU. Nobody wants to end up with French arms when a government there can block exports for other political reasons (usually exactly when you desperately need the stuff). Anyway again the French will make this a no go to protect their own industry as well as for national security reasons. Furthermore an EU agreement might be top of the list but it is hard to see how an UK agreement could not be implemented much earlier simply because it is so much easier.So the EU might lead to a better deal, however if this would be enough to compensate for the 'trouble' sectors and likley later starting date, is highly doubtful. My somewhat calculated guess is overall the UK only deal would very likely be the better one. That is as a seperate country with the EU a seperate agreement will be very difficult to achieve and by nature be very limited.

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