The Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU plans an ambitious autumn program


“Europe as a task.” In 1996, the then President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, coined the phrase to call on Europeans to take responsibility for global environmental, social and economic challenges and to lead by example. Setting this motto in EU policy language relevant to privacy pros means that the Czech Republic – already a third of its EU Council presidency – will seek to accomplish the following by the end December :

  • Continue discussions on the Artificial Intelligence Law and the eIDAS regulation proposals in order to obtain a common position of the Council of the EU on each dossier by the end of 2022.
  • Advance data law discussions as much as possible.
  • Engage on upcoming Cyber ​​Resilience Act proposals for information and communications technology product security in the fall.

It also aims to reach an agreement with the European Commission and Parliament on the Declaration on European digital rights and principles. The commission proposed this declaration in January to define a set of principles for a human-centric digital transformation and define shared political intentions for citizens, businesses, public administrations and political decision-makers. Don’t hold your breath: this declaration would not be groundbreaking, but rather would set forth in a somewhat solemn manner many commitments that have already been enacted through previous declarations and laws.

The principles proposed in the statement range from putting people at the center of digital transformation to promoting sustainable digital solutions. Its chapter “Safety, security and empowerment” refers to the rights to the protection and confidentiality of personal data. Fascinatingly, he also states that “everyone should be able to determine their digital heritage and decide what happens to publicly available information about them, after their death”, and proposes that the EU engages to “ensure the ability to easily transfer personal data between different digital services. It’s noon as I write this and I’m only on my second coffee so I’m not sure how these two concepts work This chapter also looks at living people, children and young adults in particular with a proposed commitment to promote a safe digital environment, ensure they can learn skills to be safe online and be protected from harmful content and illegal.

Somewhere else:

  • The European Data Protection Board is functioning a consultation on its certification transfer tool until September 30. Guidelines adopted in June provide guidance on the application of Article 46(2)(f) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation regarding transfers of personal data to third countries or to international organizations. based on certification.
  • Both the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act are expected to be formally approved by the EU Council in mid-September, when they will enter into force 20 days after publication. The provisions of the DSA will start to apply 15 months later; the DMA will begin to apply, at the earliest, six months later and with the sequential application of a set of provisions.
  • The debates on the Artificial Intelligence Act and the Data Act will continue and will continue in 2023.

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