Article 29 Working Party

The Working Party has been established by Article 29 of Directive 95/46/EC. It is the independent EU Advisory Body on Data Protection and Privacy. Its tasks are laid down in Article 30 of Directive 95/46/EC and in Article 14 of Directive 97/66/EC. The Working Party was set up to achieve several primary objectives:

  • To provide expert opinion from member state level to the Commission on questions of data protection.

  • To promote the uniform application of the general principles of the Directives in all Member States through co-operation between data protection supervisory authorities.

  • To advise the Commission on any Community measures affecting the rights and freedoms of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and privacy.

  • To make recommendations to the public at large, and in particular to Community institutions on matters relating to the protection of persons with regard to the pr>ocessing of personal data and privacy in the European Community.

The Commissioner is an active member of the Article 29 Working Party. Click here to access the documents adopted by the Article 29 Working Party