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The importance of strong data protection rules for growth and competitiveness


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Speaker(s): Viviane Reding
Chair: Professor Andrew Murray

Recorded on 1 March 2012 in Shaw Library, Old Building.

Viviane Reding has been the Vice-president of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamentals Rights and Citizenship since February 2010. In 1999 she joined the European Commission as Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media and Sports until 2004, and then as Commissioner responsible for Information Society and Media from 2004 to 2010.

Prior to her political career, Viviane Reding started off as a journalist at the newspaper Luxembourg Wort in Luxembourg, where she served as President of the Luxembourg Union of Journalists from 1986 until 1998.

From 1979 onwards she embarked on a political career, working as a member of the Luxembourg Parliament. Viviane Reding reinforced her position by becoming city councillor of Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) from 1981 to 1999. She then went on to work as the National President of Christian-Social Women (Luxembourg) from 1988 to 1993 and, finally, the National President of the Christian-Social Party (Luxembourg) from 1995 to 1999.

In 1989, Viviane Reding was elected as a member of the European Parliament where she presided first over the Committee on Social Affairs, Employment and the Working environment (1992-1994) and then over the Committee for Civil Liberties and Home Affairs (1997-1999).

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