Our legal affairs work

Through our work in the legal affairs committee, the S&D Group ensures that we can respond to the new challenges arising in the online world. We need appropriate data protection and copyright legislation so that we can protect citizens' online privacy and allow EU innovation to flourish.

Our achievements

We successfully managed to revise and improve the legislation on personal data protection. In this respect, we welcome the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation, setting global data protection standards, to give EU citizens more control over their own personal data, and improve their security both online and offline.

Our Group took the lead in the revision of the Copyright Directive. We fought for an approach that fairly balanced the many interests at stake: consumers, authors and performers, European culture, freedom of speech on the web and European competitiveness in the digital era.

We successfully called for a Commission proposal to protect whistle-blowers across the EU. These are people who come forward to report breaches of EU law in many different fields, including taxation.

MEPs involved

DELVAUX Mady
Vice-chair
Luxembourg
GERINGER de OEDENBERG Lidia Joanna
Vice-chair
Poland
KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne
Coordinator
Germany
GASBARRA Enrico
Member
Italy
HONEYBALL Mary
Member
United Kingdom
REGNER Evelyn
Member
Austria
ROZIÈRE Virginie
Substitute
France
COFFERATI Sergio Gaetano
Substitute
Italy
GEBHARDT Evelyne
Substitute
Germany
GUTELAND Jytte
Substitute
Sweden

See our latest actions

Press release

Parliament backs rules to make medicines cheaper and boost competitiveness of EU manufacturers

Press release

Forcing EU citizens to give fingerprints for all new ID cards is wrong approach

Press release

S&Ds will never accept permanent internal borders within the Schengen area

Position papers

Position paper
Published
Fostering media diversity and press freedom
Position paper
Published
S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership
Position paper
Published
S&D position paper on migration & asylum
Position paper
Published
Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision
Position paper
Published
Investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms in ongoing trade negotiations (ISDS)
Position paper
Published
Let's unblock the "maternity leave" directive! Or why this is not an old-fashioned text