Data protection vs. Digital Single Market – Can the Juncker Commission square the circle?

The Juncker Commission brought in a new approach to ensuring integrated policy-making, by designating six Vice-Presidents, each with a broad portfolio reflecting a single priority policy area.  Each Vice-President is intended to work with a sub-set of the remaining 20 Commissioners. Estonian Commissioner Ansip is coordinating a team of no fewer than 12 Commissioners, from Digital Economy and Society to Internal Market, Regional Policy, and Agriculture, to deliver on the high-profile Digital Single Market strategy.  Amongst the Directorates-General involved is DG Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, owner of the proposed general data protection.

Often presented as a key building block of the Digital Single Market strategy, the proposed General Data Protection Regulation aims at high data protection standards, harmonised across the 28 Member States and appropriate for the digital economy. However, some contradictions between the two dossiers and how they are managed will be a serious test for the new, integrated structure. 

This Digital Forum seminar will look at some of the conflicts between the two dossiers, and at how well the new approach is doing in realising President Juncker’s ambition of marshalling diverse services to achieve over-arching goals in the Commission’s five-year term.

  • How does the GDPR articulate with the DSM in the realisation of a single European market for data?
  • What do ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ publishers and press services expect from the GDPR and from the DSM and where do they see contradictions? What are the challenges at stake as regards press freedom and journalism?
  • What are the “hard choices” for regulators in creating a vibrant digital economy while guaranteeing high data protection standards? What could be the trickle down effects for innovative start-ups?

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Max von Abendroth, Executive Director, EMMA

Daniel Knapp, Senior Director Advertising Research, IHS

Summary of the event

November 2015



Rosa Barcelo
Head of Unit - Digital Privacy and Data Protection, DG CNECT, European Commission
Paul Nemitz
Director - Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, DG Justice, European Commission
Max von Abendroth
Executive Director, EMMA
Daniel Knapp
Senior Director Advertising Research, IHS
Lenard Koschwitz
Director European Affairs, Allied for Startups
Estelle Massé
Policy Analyst, Access Now


Colin Blackman
Director of the CEPS Digital Forum, CEPS

Data protection vs. Digital Single Market – Can the Juncker Commission square the circle?

November 2015
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.


CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels