Privacy enhancing readmission: the clause on data protection in the EURAs

The identification of third country nationals (TCNs) enables the implementation of the European Union (EU) policy on the prevention of illegal entry and the expulsion of irregular migrants. Competent authorities exchange personal data to prove the nationality and to meet the conditions required to execute the return of TCNs. The EU readmission agreements (EURAs) are provided with a clause regulating the transfer of personal data and its protection. The current post analyses the conformity of the EURAs’ clause in the light of the guarantees enshrined in the latest data protection package adopted under the aegis of the EU competence on the protection of personal data and their free movement, namely Article 16(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU). The purpose is to assess whether the EURAs’ clause integrates the parameters of “appropriate safeguard” required by Article 46 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Francesca Tassinari è dottoranda di ricerca in Diritto Internazionale Pubblico e Relazioni Internazionale presso la Facultad de Derecho di Granada ed il Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza di Ferrara. Consegue la LL. M. in giurisprudenza ed il Grado en Derecho nel 2016, il Master in Diritto dell’immigrazione nel 2018 ed il Master in Alti Studi Europei ed Internazionali nel 2019. Tra il 2020 ed il 2021 ha realizzato uno stage presso l’unità B3 DG HOME della Commissione Europea dove ha contribuito al monitoraggio sull’implementazione dei Regolamenti 2019/817 e 2019/818.