CCIA welcomes new senior EU appointments

BY Heather Greenfield
December 15, 2015

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission announced today that Finnish civil servant Tiina Astola will be appointed Director-General for Justice and Consumers as of 1st February 2016. Astola will take charge of implementing legislation on data protection and finalising a new Safe Harbour framework for commercial data transfers between Europe and the United States.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association looks forward to working with Astola to restore transatlantic trust and legal certainty, namely through a strengthened Safe Harbour and the proposal to extend U.S. privacy redress rights to Europeans.

The European Commission also announced the appointment of Claire Bury as new Deputy Director General for communications networks, content and technology (DG CONNECT) from 1st January.  Bury is a British Commission official currently Director in the Directorate-General responsible for the EU internal market.  Bury will play a key role in implementing the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy.

The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Vice President James Waterworth:

“The European Commission was wise to appoint a new Director-General for Justice and Consumers with such extensive legal experience. We welcome Astola’s appointment and look forward to supporting her efforts to restore transatlantic trust and legal certainty through a strengthened Safe Harbour.”

“Europe is at a crossroads as it focuses on creating a Digital Single Market and measures that promote innovation and its digital economy. Claire Bury has been a staunch advocate of the Single Market for years. Her new role will be important to drive the Digital Single Market in an equally enthusiastic manner. CCIA Europe looks forward to working with her.”

Related Articles

CCIA Provides Input to the EU’s Future Proposals on the Digital Services Act and Competition Tools

Jun 30, 2020

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s calls for feedback on its future Digital Services Act (internal market rules and ex-ante measures) and proposal for new competition tools. The European Commission is expected to present legislative proposals before the end of the year. CCIA…

CCIA Welcomes the European Parliament’s Confirmation Vote on New European Commission

Nov 27, 2019

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today the European Parliament formally approved the new European Commissioners. The new Commission, led by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will take office on December 1 for a five year term. The Computer & Communications Industry Association recently offered recommendations on how technology can help solve Europe’s major societal challenges. The…

CCIA Welcomes Nominated European Commissioners

Sep 10, 2019

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the portfolio assignments of the designated European Commissioners today.  Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) will as Vice-President maintain her competition portfolio, but also coordinate most digital regulation. Sylvie Goulard (France) will take over the Internal Market portfolio, including industrial policies and the EU’s digital single…