UK and Romanian tech trade associations call for Adequacy Agreement

techUK and ANIS have today published a joint paper which outlines the importance of data transfers between the UK and Romania and calls for the continued free flow of data between the UK and the EU after 31 December 2020.

Once the transition period is over at the end of the year, the automatic ability for personal data to flow between the UK and EU Member States will come to an end. In an increasingly digital economy, the transfer of personal data has become crucial for businesses of every size and sector.

Data transfers between the UK and Spain support a close relationship between the two countries. Trade in services between UK and Romania has been on the rise over the last few years, with 1.02 bn GBP in services exports from UK to Romania and 1.12 bn GBP the other way around (in 2018).

techUK has been clear that the best solution to ensure frictionless data transfers can continue is through mutual adequacy agreements between the UK and the EU. Adequacy agreements allow personal data to be transferred between third countries and the EU, once a full assessment of domestic data protection laws has taken place.

Commenting on the launch of the joint paper, Julian David, techUK CEO said:

Trade in services and data flows between the UK and Romania are on the rise. The ability to transfer personal data between the two countries is vital for citizens and businesses on both sides. While the UK and the EU negotiate a future relationship, it is of utmost importance that we avoid a cliff-edge for data transfers. We urge the governments of both countries to ensure an adequacy decision is concluded as soon as possible.

Additionally, Gabriela Mechea, Executive Director of ANIS Romania, said:

Romanians are an important community in UK and our country is a reliable economic partner for the United Kingdom. This creates the need for unrestricted data transfers, for which we are also campaigning in the post Brexit era. An agreement between the UK and the EU, through which the free flow of personal data between partners will continue, is an essential step in the further development of trade relations.” 

The joint techUK and ANIS paper is available to be downloaded below. If you would like to discuss these issues in greater detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  • Sabina Ciofu

    Sabina Ciofu

    Head of EU and Trade Policy
    T +32 473 323 280
Adequacy paper UK Romania FINAL 09032020 (docx)

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