On 13 March 2015 during a press conference, the Latvian Presidency of the Council announced that agreement has been reached on a partial general approach in respect to the one stop shop mechanism as well as on the data protection principles, as part of on-going discussions on the draft General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
What is the “one stop shop”? In essence in case of infringement of their privacy rights, EU citizens will have the right to contact their local Data Protection Authority (DPA) and appeal decisions in their local courts. Companies on the other hand, will receive one decision, which will be applied uniformly across Europe. This is seen as a key decision to strengthen the rights of individuals within Europe.
Despite the announcement of the decision, further time has been planned for discussions in June 2015 and commentators have observed that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” in the GDPR package.