An agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council, following final negotiations between the three institutions (so-­‐called 'trilogue' meetings). The reform aims to both empower individuals with more control over their personal data and stimulate economic growth by cutting costs and red tape for European business.

On December 15, 2015, an agreement was finally found with the European Parliament and the Council, following the negotiations between the three institutions involved (so-­‐called “trilogue” meetings).

The new and long-­‐awaited legislation will put an end to the patchwork of data protection rules that currently exists in the EU, enhancing the citizens’ confidence in the processing of their personal data.

At the same time modernized and unified rules will allow businesses to make the most of the opportunities of the Digital Single Market by cutting red tape and benefiting from reinforced consumers’ trust.

Following political agreement reached in trilogue, the final text will be formally adopted by the European Parliament and Council at the beginning 2016. The new rules will become applicable two years thereafter.

The Commission will work closely with Member States’ Data protection authorities to ensure a uniform application of the new rules, by also informing citizens about their rights and companies about their obligations, during the two-­‐year transition phase.