The Council had a general discussion on the consequences of the invalidation of the Data Retention Directive by the European Court of Justice in April 2014.
All member states considered that retaining bulk electronic communication data in a generalized manner is still allowed. A majority of delegations also considered that an EU-wide approach has to be considered in order to put an end to the fragmentation of the legal framework on data retention across the EU, and invited the Commission to present a new legislative initiative whenever possible.
Matrimonial and registered partnerships
The Council was not able to reach a political agreement by unanimity on regulations on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions regarding matrimonial regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships.
Following the debate, the Presidency stated that an EU-wide agreement in relation to both regulations could not be reached within a reasonable period of time. Many delegations expressed their readiness to give positive consideration to the establishment of enhanced cooperation on the issues covered by the regulations.