European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding and United States Attorney General Eric Holder met today in Washington in order to discuss various issues regarding the collaboration between the Department of Justice and the European Commission.
Among the topics discussed were victims’ rights, rights of persons with disabilities and the need to protect children against online predators. Both the Attorney General and Vice-President Reding also highlighted the important role of Eurojust in coordinating successful multilateral investigations, including of online child predators. In addition, they both committed to continuing such a fruitful collaboration through Eurojust and also welcomed the opportunity for a meeting of experts on this matter.
The meeting concluded with talks on the ongoing negotiations for a data protection agreement covering police and judicial information. Both the Attorney General and Vice-President Reding underlined the need to provide a high level of personal data and privacy protection for all individuals in the EU and the US.
Finally, they welcomed the ongoing and positive discussion by U.S. and EU experts on protecting and sharing data on the basis of a commonly agreed framework and noted the importance of finalizing negotiations as soon as possible.
Negotiations on personal data have taken place since March 2011 with a view to enhance privacy protection for all individuals and thus, facilitate the exchange of data needed to fight crime and terrorism.