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Monday, January 18, 2016

European Commission: No Breakthrough as January 31 Deadline Looms

Additional details about the status of the US-EU Safe Harbor negotiations have emerged, with a report in Politico that the European Commission informed a committee of EU member states on January 14 that while some progress had been made, there had been no breakthrough in the talks.  Several participants in the Commission briefing described successfully meeting the January 31 deadline as unrealistic and unlikely, with the overall message being pessimistic.  A general political agreement could conceivably be reached by the end of the month, and might be sufficient to buy more time from the Article 29 Working Party.  Whether the Working Party would place much credence in a political agreement, after years of negotiations have passed without agreement being reached on a narrower set of issues, remains to be seen.

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