The Council reached agreement on the whole text of the general data protection regulation in order to begin negotiations with the European Parliament with a view to reaching overall agreement.
Latvia's minister for justice Dzintars Rasnačs said: "Today we have moved a significant step closer to a modernised and harmonised data protection framework for the European Union. I am very pleased that after more than 3 years of negotiations we have finally found a compromise on the text. The new regulation will substantially strengthen individual rights of our citizens to control their data and ensure a high standard of protection. I welcome the readiness of the European Parliament to begin trilogue negotiations already next week, which hopefully will mean that we can come to a rapid agreement."
A first trilogue with the Parliament is planned for 24 June 2015.
The incoming Luxembourg Presidency indicated that, in parallel to the negotiations on the regulation, works on the data protection directive in the law enforcement area would be accelerated with the aim to find a general approach in October.