Section 1 - Independent status
The establishment of supervisory authorities in Member States, empowered to perform their tasks and exercise their powers with complete independence, is an essential component of the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of their personal data. Member States should be able to establish more than one supervisory authority, to reflect their constitutional, organisational and administrative structure.
The Federal Commissioner shall serve as the joint representative on the European Data Protection Board and single contact point (joint representative). The Bundesrat shall elect the head of the supervisory authority of a Land to serve as the joint representative’s deputy (deputy). The term shall be five years. When the head of the supervisory authority of a Land leaves office, his or her function as deputy shall end at the same time. The deputy may be re-elected.
At the deputy’s request, the joint representative shall delegate to him or her the leadership of negotiations and the voting right in the European Data Protection Board in matters dealing with the performance of a task for which the Länder alone have the right to legislate, or which affect the establishment or procedures of Land authorities.
Körffer in Paal/Pauly, Datenschutz-Grundverordnung, Art. 51 (German)
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