Wojciech Wiewiórowski has been selected by the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee  to serve for a 5-year mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor.

The EP committee grilled three candidates in a public hearing on Monday morning to evaluate their suitability for the post and MEPs chose their order of preference of the candidates for the EDPS position in a secret ballot on Tuesday morning.

Wiewiorowski was selected as the top candidate with 36 votes, followed by Yann Padova from France with 25 votes and the Hungarian Endre Szabó who only gathered 3 votes.

Wiewiorowski was appointed in 2014 as EPDS Assistant Supervisor and has been serving as acting replacement for the European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, since 21 August 2019.

The European Data Protection Supervisor is the Union’s independent data protection authority. It supervises how the EU institutions and bodies process personal data to ensure compliance with privacy rules and advises them on all aspects of personal data processing and related policies and legislation. The EDPS also works with the national authorities of EU countries to ensure consistency in data protection.