Hannes Swoboda in Vienna: "The negotiations table on the EU Data Protection Package remains empty on one side, it is time to act"

Relaunching Europe in Vienna, Austria

At another of its’ Relaunching Europe events in Vienna, Austria, yesterday, the S&D Group discussed "Shaping our digital futures for better European democracy and empowered citizenship". Speakers included European Parliament President Martin Schulz, representatives from the broadcasting sector, print media, computer and communication industries as well as a representative from the European Digital Rights Association in an open dialogue with citizens.

Speaking in Vienna, S&D Group president Hannes Swoboda said:

“Today, we cannot imagine economic development without the use of data and digital instruments such as the Internet. The digital economy is a major driving force for job creation in Europe and around the world. One of the most important tasks facing the EU at present is to create a modern digital economy for Europe.
 
“However, we must balance economic interests with digital rights and freedoms. We have to find solutions to restore citizens' ownership of their personal data and put guarantees in place against its' misuse and abuse. We must prevent attacks on our citizens' privacy whether they are individuals, private companies or public entities.
 
“We have done our homework in the European Parliament and adopted a strong set of guarantees last week based on the EU Commission's proposal for an EU Data Protection Package. However, despite repeated comments from leading politicians, such as Chancellor Merkel, on the importance of data protection, national governments still block negotiations to conclude this process.
 
“We need a strong European response, the only one possible in a globalized world. Any strategy at a purely national level is doomed to fail, whether on data protection, energy or the fight against unemployment.
 
“It is time to create a real European public space and implement the European Digital Agenda promoting citizens’ digital freedoms”.
 
The S&D Group will hold its next event under the Relaunching Europe initiative in Kiruna, Sweden on Thursday, 27 March 2014 to debate the sustainable development of the cities of tomorrow.

The Relaunching Europe initiative, launched by the S&D Group in 2012, aims at entering into a dialogue with citizens and journalists all over Europe on the future of the EU.

To read more on the initiative, please go to: At another of its’ Relaunching Europe events in Vienna, Austria, yesterday, the S&D Group discussed "Shaping our digital futures for better European democracy and empowered citizenship". Speakers included European Parliament President Martin Schulz, representatives from the broadcasting sector, print media, computer and communication industries as well as a representative from the European Digital Rights Association in an open dialogue with citizens.

Speaking in Vienna, S&D Group president Hannes Swoboda said:

“Today, we cannot imagine economic development without the use of data and digital instruments such as the Internet. The digital economy is a major driving force for job creation in Europe and around the world. One of the most important tasks facing the EU at present is to create a modern digital economy for Europe.
 
“However, we must balance economic interests with digital rights and freedoms. We have to find solutions to restore citizens' ownership of their personal data and put guarantees in place against its' misuse and abuse. We must prevent attacks on our citizens' privacy whether they are individuals, private companies or public entities.
 
“We have done our homework in the European Parliament and adopted a strong set of guarantees last week based on the EU Commission's proposal for an EU Data Protection Package. However, despite repeated comments from leading politicians, such as Chancellor Merkel, on the importance of data protection, national governments still block negotiations to conclude this process.
 
“We need a strong European response, the only one possible in a globalized world. Any strategy at a purely national level is doomed to fail, whether on data protection, energy or the fight against unemployment.
 
“It is time to create a real European public space and implement the European Digital Agenda promoting citizens’ digital freedoms”.
 
The S&D Group will hold its next event under the Relaunching Europe initiative in Kiruna,Sweden on Thursday, 27 March 2014 to debate the sustainable development of the cities of tomorrow.

The Relaunching Europe initiative, launched by the S&D Group in 2012, aims at entering into a dialogue with citizens and journalists all over Europe on the future of the EU.

To read more on the initiative, please go to: http://www.relaunchingeurope.eu/