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Eurogeographics - Weekly Policy News Summary

Year 2017 – week 3

American Chamber of commerce to the European Union - on the implementation of GDPR

On 25 May, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") will become applicable, bringing significant changes to data protection rules across the EEA. With the adoption of the GDPR, the EU recognizes the importance of harmonizing European data protection laws, in order to facilitate cross-border commerce. There is significant activity at the EU and Member State level, including rulemaking, issuing of guidance, and adopting codes of conduct and certification schemes

In that context, American Chamber of commerce to EU (AmCham) has developed the following recommendations for data protection authorities, the European Data Protection Board, and Member States to consider as they develop guidance and policies on the GDPR. Recommendations address seven specific aspects of the GDPR with the aim ensuring a uniform and balanced application across Europe: (i) the one-stop shop; (ii) high-risk processing / data protection impact assessments (DPIAs); (iii) personal data breaches and notification; (iv) approved codes of conduct and certification; (v) data portability; (vi) sanctions; and (vii) data protection officers (DPOs).

EP IMCO committee report on EU eGovernment action plan 2016 -2020

IMCO welcomes the e-Government Action Plan 2016- 2020 with its dynamic structure, and calls on the Commission and the Member States to ensure its rapid and effective implementation, making public administrations fit for the future. Is of the opinion that public administrations should be open, efficient and inclusive, providing borderless, personalised, user-friendly and end-to-end digital public services to citizens and businesses by 2022, thereby reducing costs, barriers and administrative burdens for citizens and businesses and thus reaping all the benefits of the digital revolution. Stresses the importance of the once - only principle, which will make interaction with public administrations easier for citizens and businesses by avoiding unnecessary and time - consuming multiple admin processes. Welcomes the idea of a single contact point which would allow citizens as well as businesses to obtain an overview of all relevant information through one single gateway. Highlights the importance of inclusiveness and accessibility of eGovernment services and therefore calls on the MS to fully implement and apply the new directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies. Stresses the importance of ‘Open Data’, whereby certain public - sector information is freely available for use and reuse within and between public administrations, and reiterates that sharing data openly and inclusively would allow the further development and creation of new innovative solutions, boosting efficiency as well as transparency.

Public consultation on the evaluation and review of the ENISA

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) was set up in 2004 to contribute to the overall goal of ensuring a high level of network and information security within the EU. This consultation kicks off the review of ENISA, as the Commission is required by ENISA''s Regulation to conduct an evaluation of its activities by June 2018. The evaluation and review of ENISA offer the opportunity to help shape one element of the next stage of EU response to cyber threats

The results of this public consultation will feed the ex post evaluation of ENISA for the period 2013-2016 and will serve as input to prepare the ground for a possible revision of the Agency’s mandate. The Consultation opens 18 January 2017 and closes 12 April 2017 (12 weeks). Respond to the consultation.

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