In the midst of the Council negotiations on the reform of data protection – the Data Protection Regulation or DPR – it is still unknown who will replace the European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx. The deadline for Mr. Hunstinx term is 16 January but it seems he will prolong his career at this position until the Commission has found a suitable candidate.
The European Commission, meanwhile, has rejected 8 candidates who have reacted to the vacancy of Mr. Hustinx position. The Secretary-General of the Directorate General on interinstitutional relations, Catherine Day, assisted by an external recruitment consultant, would not comment on the reasons why none of the candidates were deemed suitable for the position.
Mr. Hustinx shared a letter addressed to Maros Sefcovic, Commisisoner for interinstitutional relations, and urged him to address the matter as soon as possible. Also the European Parliament, most notably Fernando Lopez Aguilar, has sought an explanation from the Commission why this issue has not been addressed sufficiently.
Ecommerce Europe urges the European Commission to come up with a replacement for Mr. Hustinx as soon as possible as the uncertainty does not benefit the progress on the data protection reform. Ecommerce Europe still has some doubts in the current proposal but on the other hand stresses that reform is needed since the current set of rules on data protection stem from 1995, a period in which the internet was in its infancy.