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Peter Hustinx (EDPS) and Giovanni Buttarelli (Assistant Supervisor) are members of the institution, appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council. Assigned for a five year term, they took office on 17 January 2009.
The selection procedure which led to their appointment was transparent and involved the three major EU institutions. Following a public call for candidates, an inter-institutional selection board made a short list of the most competent applicants, who were then interviewed. Subsequently, the selection board forwarded a list with recommended candidates to the European Commission for its adoption and submission to the European Parliament and the Council. Hearings then took place in the European Parliament in order to evaluate the experiences, skills and independence of the candidates. This was followed by discussions in Parliament and Council, and eventually by a joint decision.
> Commission public call for candidates, published in OJ C 126A, 23.5.2008
> Appointing decision of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 January 2009, OJ L 11, 16.01.2009, p. 89
European Data Protection Supervisor
Peter Hustinx has served as EDPS since January 2004, contributing to the building of the new supervisory authority and developing its role at Community level. He was reappointed for a second five-year term of office in January 2009.
Prior to his appointment as EDPS, Mr Hustinx worked as the President of the Dutch Data Protection Authority as from 1991. Between 1996 and 2000, he was Chairman of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.
His long standing experience in the field also extends to the broader European level; covering work as an expert in the Committee which prepared the Council of Europe Convention on data protection (No. 108). He also has data protection experience from the law enforcement field, having been Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the Joint Supervisory Body of Europol,and Chairman of the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files.
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Giovanni Buttarelli, Assistant Supervisor
Giovanni Buttarelli took office as Assistant Supervisor in January 2009.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Supervisor, Mr. Buttarelli worked as Secretary General of the Italian DPA from 1997. Between 2002-2003 he was President of the Schengen Joint Supervisory Body, after being its Vice-President. His long and broad experience at international level in the fields of data protection and related issues was enriched by the participation in many committees and working groups operating in the European Union, at the Council of Europe and within other organizations, as well as by the international cooperation between data protection authorities.
Mr Bayo Delgado was Assistant EDPS from 2004 to 2009, contributing to the building up of the new institution and putting into practice the EDPS supervisory tasks.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant EDPS, he served as a judge in Spain from 1989. He was elected Chief Judge of the Barcelona bench of judges, and was then responsible for judicial data bases in the city. Mr Bayo Delgado also worked as a member of the IT Committee of the Spanish Council of the Judiciary. He was active as an expert to the Council of Europe in programs relating to the judiciary for Central and Eastern European countries since 1989.