Article 69*

Article 69 – Chair

Commission Proposal

1. The European Data Protection Board shall elect a chair and two deputy chairpersons from amongst its members. One deputy chairperson shall be the European Data Protection Supervisor, unless he or she has been elected chair.2. The term of office of the chair and of the deputy chairpersons shall be five years and be renewable.

EDRi’s proposed amendment

1. The European Data Protection Board shall elect a chair and two deputy chairpersons from amongst its members. One deputy chairperson shall be the European Data Protection Supervisor, unless he or she has been elected chair.2. The term of office of the chair and of the deputy chairpersons shall be five four years and be renewable. Their terms shall end when their service as head of a supervisory authority of a Member State ends.

Justification:

Given that Article 49(d) specifies only a minimum term length of four years for members of national DPAs. This will make it unlikely that all Member States adopt term lengths of five years or more, so mandating a term length that exceeds the length at national level would make it unlikely for members to serve out a full term. Similarly, it should be clarified that the terms of EDPB chairs are tied to their function at the national level.

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