Corporate Breakfast Meeting with Justice Commissioner

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, was the special guest at a Corporate Breakfast Meeting at CEPS on December 2nd, moderated by Kerstin Born-Sirkel, Director at CEPS. The discussion focused on the future of transatlantic data flows following the Schrems judgment of October 6th in which the Court of Justice of the EU declared the Safe-Harbor decision of the European Commission invalid whilst strengthening EU fundamental rights.

The Commissioner made the point that a solid agreement was needed to ensure that organisations and citizens have legal security. She underlined the need to continuously monitor the new arrangement to ensure clarity about what happens to personal data of EU citizens transferred to the United States. Commissioner Jourová called for legally binding commitments, more transparency through reporting on the part of US authorities and companies, and limitations on data requests by public authorities. She further emphasised the importance of the Judicial Redress Bill currently before the US Congress and reaffirmed her aim to finalise the negotiations by January 2016.