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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement - EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (resolution) - EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement - EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (resolution) - Adequacy of the protection of personal data afforded by Japan (debate)

  Claude Moraes (S&D). – Madam President, Commissioner Jourová was here earlier because, as part of the conclusion of the EU-Japan trade agreement, the Commission is expected to adopt the adequacy decision with Japan by early 2019. With the simultaneous development of an agreement on personal data transfer from Japan to the EU, this will result in the first ever two-way adequacy finding, leading to the creation of the world’s largest area of free and safe data flows. This is to be welcomed, and it was the result of our mission in October from the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. It is welcome because new developments in big data robotics and artificial intelligence make it increasingly important that strong data protection systems are in place.

As Commissioner Malmström will know, we have called for further clarification in order to ensure that all personal data are protected when transferred to Japan under the definitions of the GDPR. The GDPR is respected in Japan – we saw it for ourselves – and we believe a strong relationship will be built. We believe that this adequacy decision can send out a strong signal to countries around the world, including Japan of course, that convergence with the EU’s high data protection standards offers very tangible results.

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