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Opinion of the Commission pursuant to Article 189 b(2)(d) of the EC Treaty, on the European Parliament’s amendments to the Council’s common position regarding the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. COM (95) 375 final, 18 July 1995

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untitled ~· .·; COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES \ '· . Brussels, 18.07.1995 COM(95) 375 final-COD287 OPINION OF THE COMMISSION pursuant to Article 189 b (2) (d) of the EC Treaty, on the European Parliament's amendments to the Council's common position regarding the proposal for a EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL DIRECTIVE on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data AMENDING THE PROPOSAL OF THE COMMISSION pursuant to Article 189 a (2) of the EC Treaty Barbara Rectangle Barbara Sticky Note Completed set by Barbara User Rectangle 1. BACKGROUND (a) On 27 July 1990 the Commission presented to the Council a proposal for a Directive (COM(90) 314 final- SYN 287).1 · (b) On 24 April 1991 the Economic and Social Committee delivered its opinion. 2 (c) On 11 March 1992 Parliament delivered its opinion (first reading) and adopted a resolution endorsing the Commission proposal, subject to a large number of amendments. 3 · (d) On 1 5 October 1992 the Commission adopted an amended proposal for a Directive pursuant to Article 149(3) of the EEC Treaty (COM(92) 422 final- SYN 287).4 . (e) On 20 February 1995 the Council adopted a common position. 5 (f) On 24 February 1995 the Commission transmitted to Parliament its opinion on this common position (SEC(95) 303 final - COD 287). (g) On 15 June 1995 Parliament approved (second reading) seven amendments to the common position. 2. PURPOSE OF THE COMMISSION PROPOSAL 2 3 4 The proposal for a Directive seeks to facilitate the free movement of data within the . Community by affording individuals a high level of protection with regard to the processing of personal data. Harmonization of the relevant national laws has proved necessary because· of the wide divergences between them and of data-exchange requirements imposed by completion of the internal market. The White Paper "Growth, competitiveness, employment" a

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