the European Commission will open infringement proceedings against Belgium

The European Commission is expected to announce on Wednesday that it will open proceedings against Belgium for serious breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), report The evening and Politico Tuesday night.

Belgium is the first state to be the subject of such a procedure since the implementation of this text, notes Le Soir.


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Politico claims to have obtained confirmation of this infringement procedure from three European sources. The notification must be made by a letter requesting information to Belgium, which will have two months to react.

The infringement procedure follows the filing of two anonymous complaints with Didier Reynders, the commissioner in charge of the application of the GDPR.


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One, filed last November, concerns the Data Protection Authority (APD) in Belgium and the appointment of four external members also exercising public mandates. However, the GDPR provides that any member of a data protection authority must remain free from any external influence. Among the personalities targeted, Frank Robben who is also general administrator of the Banque Carrefour de la Sécurité sociale, of the eHealth platform, boss of Smals, and main drafter of the decisions of the Information Security Committee (CSI).

The second complaint concerns this committee in question created after the implementation of the GDPR against the advice of the European Commission, the DPA and the Council of State. The CSI has already been pinned down several times for its decisions, taken without parliamentary debate and without taking into account the opinion of the supervisory authority, notes Le Soir.

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