30th Anniversary of Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data
On the occasion of commendation of the European Personal Data Protection Day, Rodoljub Sabic, the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, said that improvement of personal data protection was one of the main challenges for the Republic of Serbia in 2011.
“Harmonization of Serbian legal order with European personal data protection standards and serious work on implementation of these standards in practice imply a twofold obligation for the state. Notwithstanding the fact that this is a binding commitment under explicit provisions of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, it is also necessary to improve protection of citizens’ privacy and decrease risk from abuse of their personal data as much as possible.”
The European Data Protection Day is commended across Europe with the aim to raise awareness of the importance of the right to data protection and to improve privacy and personal data protection standards and it will be celebrated jointly by the European Commission and the Council of Europe for the fifth time. This year will mark 30 years of signing of the first international agreement on personal data protection - the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, known as “Convention 108” - by Council of Europe member states.
The Personal Data Protection Day has been organized for the first time in Serbia.
Apart from Mr. Rodoljub Sabic, the meeting was opened by Mr. Ivica Dacic, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Vincent Degert, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European to the Republic of Serbia, Ms Nadia Cuk, Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Mr. Sasa Jankovic, Ombudsman, and Ms Jadranka Jelincic, Executive Director of the Open Society Fund of Serbia.
During the working part of the meeting, Serbian and regional experts talked about legislative arrangements, experiences and problems in the field of personal data protection in the Republic of Slovenia and Commissioner’s past practice.
The meeting was organized by the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection and the Partners for Democratic Change of Serbia with support from the Open Society Fund of Serbia.
For information on work of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection please visit web page www.poverenik.rs.