The project consortium is compiled by six partners from two EU Member States – Bulgaria and Italy, that represent all major stakeholder types related to the protection of personal data: data protection authorities, private companies, NGOs and academia. Coordinator of the project is the Commission for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Bulgaria. Important project activities are led also by the Roma Tre University in Italy. Other members of the consortium are Apis Europe JSC, The Union Of Bulgarian Jurists, Ernst & Young Bulgaria and European Women Lawyers Association – Bulgaria.
Commission for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Bulgaria
The Commission for Personal Data Protection (CPDP) is the national supervisory authority of the Republic of Bulgaria responsible for the protection of personal data both in the public and private sectors. Being the only data protection authority in the country, the CPDP has a wide range of investigative, corrective and advisory powers and performs a number of different tasks, such as investigations, corrective measures, awareness-raising and information campaigns, international cooperation, training, etc. As Project Applicant, CPDP will implement overall organisation, coordination, execution, controlling and reporting of the project progress. CPDP experts will contribute to all WPs and will lead WP.
APIS Europe JSC
APIS Europe is a leader in the development, improvement and sale of legal and business information systems on the Bulgarian market. The company combines experience and knowledge not only in content provision, but also in software development, marketing, distribution and customer support of all products with APIS’ logo. In the beginning of 2018 APIS launched a separate software product dedicated to GDPR compliance – GDPR Assistant. Within the scope of the SMEDATA II project, APIS will lead the activities related to the upgrade of the mobile application in work package 3. The company will also contribute to the activities in all other work packages, which are targeting SMEs and legal professionals thanks to the close relationships it has established with representatives of these groups.
The Union of Bulgarian Jurists
The Union of Bulgarian Jurists (SUB) is the largest and most authoritative non-profit association of legal practitioners in Bulgaria with 40 societies across the country. Building on its long experience in conducting training seminars for legal professionals and organizing regional, national and international legal forums, SUB will contribute to all practical arrangements and logistics issues related to the organisation of the awareness and training seminars in work package 2 and the dissemination and communication activities in work package 4.
The European Women Lawyers Association
The European Women Lawyers Association – Bulgaria is a national association of women in the legal profession. The Association is part of EWLA – a unique network of women lawyers‘ associations and individual women lawyers from amongst the EU. EWLA – Bulgaria acts with the general purpose of liaising and supporting women in their participation in the legal field and public life. A main focus of its activity is also aligning Bulgarian legislation and practices with EU law and international standards; members of the association work in various legal fields, including data protection. EWLA – Bulgaria will contribute mainly to the awareness and training activities in WP2 and the extension of the content and language scope of the mobile application in WP3 .
Ernst and Young Bulgaria
Ernst and Young Law Partnership is an advisory and legal service provider delivering end-to-end services to the clients. The team comprises of experts in different disciplines, who have extensive experience in delivering solutions for various aspects of the business, including regulatory, competition, tax, labour and anti-fraud matters. EY Law has been providing Privacy and Data Protection services due to the combined availability of multi-skilled CIPP certified EY Data Privacy and Compliance team who have extensive experience in working in the field both locally and in Europe with an established track record in this respect. EY Law will lead the training activities in WP2, support content and knowledge development in WP3, and contribute to dissemination of project results in WP4.
Roma Tre University
The Law Department of the “Roma Tre” University is a Department of Excellence, certified by the Italian Government (Ministero dell‟Istruzione, dell‟Università e della Ricerca). Following efficaciously the social and juridical changes, its educational activity is based on two main pillars: internationalisation and multidisciplinarity. Particularly with regard to the privacy and data protection, the Law Department has been offering a postgraduate Master’s program under the patronage of Italian DPA since 2015 and a Legal Clinic in Privacy Law since 2016. Its representatives will support all project activities.
In particular, Roma Tre will contribute to the elaboration of a Training methodology in WP2, that means a package of training materials and an evaluation methodology. Furthermore, it will organise 3 regional awareness raising events for SMEs in Italy. The Roma Tre University will also support content and knowledge development in WP3, and contribute to dissemination of project results in WP4.