The PHAEDRA project is developed by a consortium which comprises four partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Trilateral Research & Consulting (UK), Inspector General for Personal Data Protection (GIODO) and Universidad Jaume I (Spain). It is co-funded by the European Union under its Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme.

The PHAEDRA project was launched in 2013 and was devoted to improving practical cooperation and coordination between Data Protection Agencies (DPAs), Privacy Commissioners (PCs) and Privacy Enforcement Authorities (PEAs) around the world, especially in regard to the enforcement of privacy and data protection laws.

From 2015, the PHAEDRA project’s main goal is to identify, develop and recommend measures for improving practical co-operation between European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs). The PHAEDRA project is focused on the challenges for co-operation arising from the reform of the European data protection framework and from the EU framework in force. The project will  tackle three of the biggest challenges facing European DPAs: ensuring consistency, sharing different types of information (including confidential information) and co-ordination and co-operation regarding enforcement actions.

The increase of cross-border flows of personal data requires an adequate response to tackle privacy and data protection breaches of a cross-border nature. Legal and institutional constraints as well and human and budgetary shortages call for co-operation amongst DPAs. The PHAEDRA project responds to these needs for improved co-operation and co-ordination. The consortium’s key objective is to add value, complement and support the initiatives of DPAs.