Better implementation of the GDPR (CepPolicyBrief to communication COM(2019) 374)


In a Communication, the EU Commission has outlined the current status of harmonisation by way of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU and sets out what remains to be done to improve its uniform application. In May 2018, the GDPR replaced the existing Data Protection Directive.


In cep's view, it is appropriate that the Commission will continue to support the implementation and uniform application of the GDPR in order to avoid legal uncertainty and distortions of competition. In particular, the practices of the independent national data protection authorities (DPAs) to issue sanctions should be harmonised in order to minimise variations in the enforcement of the GDPR. In addition, codes of conduct and certifications must be made usable and transfer instruments must be brought into line with the GDPR in order to facilitate compliance with the GDPR and data transfer to third countries.