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The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership.
Council agrees stance on data protection for law enforcement purposes
On 9 October 2015 the Council adopted its position on a draft directive that seeks to protect personal data processed by police and judicial authorities in criminal matters. This directive would apply to both cross-border transfers of personal data and data processing at purely national level.
The Luxembourg presidency can now start discussions with the European Parliament on this directive, which is one element of the two that make up the data protection package. The other element is a draft general data protection regulation on which negotiations are already under way. The presidency aims to reach an agreement on the whole package by the end of the year.