Article 29 of European Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 (which is the foundation for the amended Act of 2 August 2002) set up an independent working party composed of representatives of the data protection authorities in the Member States of the European Union, which is called the "Article 29 Working Party".
The Working Party has been entrusted with the following tasks:
Furthermore, the Working Party is to inform the European Commission if it finds that divergences likely to affect the equivalence of protection for persons with regard to the processing of personal data in the European Community are arising between the national laws or practices of the Member States.
The Working Party may also, on its own initiative, make recommendations on all matters relating to the protection of persons with regard to the processing of personal data in the European Community.
The Working Party draws up an annual report on the situation regarding the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data in the Community and in third countries, which it transmits to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council. The report is published.