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13 May 2014

Verhofstadt wants to use Google ruling to strengthen data protection in the EU

Today, the EU Court of Justice ruled that search engines as Google are responsible for the processing of personal data from any webpages and should respond to requests of people to exercise their right to be forgotten. Guy Verhofstadt wants to use this ruling to put in place the proper privacy protection rules in the EU.

“This is a landmark ruling which backs my priority as candidate in putting in place  privacy protection worthy of the 21st century”.

 “In line with what we have been standing up for, the Court reinforces the right to be forgotten for ordinary users whose personal data are actually processed through the results provided by Google, without compromising general access to public information”.

“After last month’s Court ruling on data retention, today’s judgement also makes more urgent the implementation of my proposals, calling for in-depth fundamental rights checks in all future EU laws relating to the collection, processing, transfer and storage of personal data”.

 “I can only applaud this Court’s ruling but the Europe I want is a Europe led by a political project and not only by Luxembourg case law. That’s why I intend to lead on data protection and privacy and I call on Member States to stop delaying the adoption of the data protection package which is now on their table”.

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10 June 2014

Verhofstadt message to European leaders: Europe needs reform, not rejection
Guy Verhofstadt calls on EU leaders, especially Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mark Rutte meeting yesterday and today in Harpsund (Sweden), to focus on a clear vision of how the EU, through its economies of scale, can be a catalyst for growth in the years ahead.

27 May 2014

Guy Verhofstadt attended the liberal prime ministers' meeting today ahead of the informal European Council

Conclusion of the meeting was that the political groups of the EPP and the PES parties lost 70 seats in the May 22-25 election.This means that ALDE will be key to the formation of a stable parliamentary majority in the European parliament.

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