The European Data Protection Supervisor must be very opinionated, since the Official Journal of the European Union has today published online no fewer than four EDPS Opinions. They are, respectively, on

* the Proposal for a Regulation establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person (COM(2008) 820 final) here

* the Proposal for a Regulation concerning the establishment of ‘Eurodac’ for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of Regulation (EC) No […/…] (establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person) (COM(2008) 825) here

* the Initiative of the French Republic for a Council Decision on the use of information technology for customs purposes (5903/2/09 REV 2) here

* the proposal for a Regulation amending, as regards pharmacovigilance of medicinal products for human use, Regulation 726/2004 laying down Community procedures for the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and establishing a European Medicines Agency, and on the proposal for a Directive amending, as regards pharmacovigilance, Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use, here.

If nothing else, this demonstrates that the role of the EDPS is a taxing one, since it demands not only a mastery of data protection principles but an ability to project them into the modus operandi of EU law in vastly different areas of application.

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