Every year, on 9 May, Europe Day is celebrated, a celebration of peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration, this year marking the 71st anniversary of its signing. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. Robert Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union. To mark Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public in early May in Brussels and Strasbourg. Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.
The National Center for Personal Data Protection (NCPDP), next to the other institutions from the Republic of Moldova as well as from the EU, participates every year in the celebration of Europe Day, organizing various events to raise public awareness about the EU. During the years of activity, NCPDP followed the European vector, collaborated closely with the EU institutions, and received support from them.
Only during 2021, NCPDP, in collaboration with the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument (TAIEX), organized on January 26-28, the workshop entitled “Processing and protection of personal data in the field of public health in the context of possible global challenges! (COVID – 19 pandemic) ”, for the representatives of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, Medical Institutions, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Inspectorate of Police of the North, Center and South of the country. During the event, about 200 participants were trained. At the same time, on July 10, the conference “The impact of new technologies, caused by the COVID – 19 pandemic, on personal data protection in the public sector” will be organized.
These events, organized with the support of the TAIEX team, serve as an opportunity for the exchange of experience and good practices with EU experts on raising awareness and informing the public sector on personal data protection in the context of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Furthermore, international cooperation continues to be the promoter of the NCPDP’s institutional development objectives. Successes in this regard have been achieved through the exchange of experience, knowledges, good practices with data protection authorities, training provided by EU experts, the takeover and implementation of international personal data protection standards. Cooperation, both at European and international level, is a strategic issue that requires involvement in all ongoing initiatives. In this context, NCPDP regularly participates in the Plenary Meetings of the European Data Protection Board and the Meetings of the Bureau of the Committee of Convention 108.
During the last years, various meetings have been organized within the NCPDP with the ambassadors of the EU member states: Latvia, Germany, Romania, as well as with the ambassador of the EU Delegation in the Republic of Moldova, for the purpose of familiarizing them with the NCPDP activity as the National Authority for the Supervise the Conformity of the Processing of Personal Data, the implementation of Convention 108 and related legislation, as well as in the context of ensuring future cooperation.
The NCPDP considers that solidarity is the pillar on which the functioning of the European Union is based and Europe Day marks the values that were at the beginning of the European Union. Europe Day is about the future of every European citizen, while the EU is a democratic model of values and principles, which have been and remain fundamental to their prosperity.