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Parliamentary questions
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30 March 2018
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000671/2018

As pointed out by the Honourable Member, the General Data Protection Regulation will become enforceable on 25 May 2018(1). On 24 January 2018, the Commission published a communication summarising the state of progress of the regulation’s application by all the relevant stakeholders, including the Member States and the supervisory authorities(2). On the same day, the Commission published an information kit on its website in all the EU official languages to help businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), apply the regulation correctly and to inform citizens of their rights(3). It will be publicised through an information campaign. The Commission regularly takes part in events in the Member States in order to raise awareness among the relevant stakeholders.

The Commission is financing projects at national level to support the training of data protection authorities, public administrations, members of the legal professions and data protection officers on the new Regulation(4). In 2017, the Commission launched another call for proposals for an amount of EUR 2 million reserved for national data protection authorities to support the implementation of information campaigns for SMEs and citizens(5). This call for proposals was closed on 25 January 2018 and the proposals are currently being examined. Implementation of the selected projects will begin in 2018.

The national data protection authorities responsible for monitoring the application of the regulation are encouraged to provide tools to help SMEs apply the regulation, including for managing data processing records.

(1)Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, pp. 1-88).
(2)Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, ‘Stronger protection, new opportunities — Commission guidance on the direct application of the General Data Protection Regulation as of 25 May 2018’, COM(2018) 43 final.
(4)Six contracts were concluded in late December 2017 for EUR 1 857 041.74. https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/rec/rec-rdat-trai-ag-2016/1805123-call_results_-_selected_abstracts_rec-rdat-trai-ag-2016_en.pdf

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