While we were impatiently awaiting him to join us in October in Tirana, as one of the key panellists at the 41st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, we were informed that last night, 20 August 2019, Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor passed away after an extended illness.

The Information and Data Protection Commissioner Mr. Besnik Dervishi and his staff express their sincere condolences to his family, friends and close collaborators, as well as to the data protection and privacy community worldwide.

Giovanni’s career was devoted to the service of the judiciary and the European Union and its values. His passion and intelligence will ensure an enduring and unique legacy for the instituton of the European Data Protection Supervisor and most definitely for all those who were lucky to work with him.

For the Information and Data Protection Commissioner’s Office, Giovanni was a precious and sincere friend. He was, above all, a firm supporter of the integration of our Office in the structures of the European Union.