The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) elected Wojciech Wiewiórowski as a European Data Protection Supervisor on Tuesday in Strasbourg.
The decision will be forwarded to the EP Conference of Presidents, which includes political group leaders and the head of the EP. The conference may accept the election or direct the committee's decision to vote in the plenary session. Earlier, the candidacy of a Pole was supported by member countries within the EU Council. The inspector is appointed for a renewable term of five years.
Wiewiórowski was the deputy of the European Data Protection Supervisor from December 2014, and from August 2019 acting as the Inspector. In the years 2010-2014, he was the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection in Poland.
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) insures that EU institutions and bodies respect citizens' right to privacy when processing their personal data.