The protection of personal data will be a priority under the Irish Presidency. Nonetheless, when Irish Justice Minister Allan Shatter met journalists in Brussels, on 6 December 2012, he did not commit to any agreement between now and the end of the Irish Presidency in June 2013 - considering the disagreements between member states - either on the directive on the protection of criminal data, or on the regulation aimed at protecting personal data by establishing the right to be forgotten online. "We want to make real progress on the two dossiers," he said. While MEPs want to push forward progress on the regulation and the directive simultaneously, Shatter warned that "it will be difficult to make progress on the two instruments at the...

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