In response to questions from the European Parliament ahead of her official appointment as Europe’s new Justice Commissioner, Věra Jourová has confirmed that although there is little confidence remaining in the EU/US Safe Harbor agreement, the agreement will remain in place until  a viable alternative is found. She confirmed that one of her key objectives in her new role would be to ensure that EU citizens have rights of redress if their data is misused in the US. She also confirmed that a second objective was the adoption of swift modern data protection reform.

Opening statement of Věra Jourová – October 2014