The Steering Committee of the Section of Professional Associations (SPA) held its annual planning meeting in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, from April 22nd to 24th, 2013. The meeting was hosted by Dr Fred van Kan, General Director of Gelders Archief and President of KVAN, the Royal Association of Archivists.
The resolution SPA adopted is the following :
At its April 2013 meeting in Amsterdam, the Steering Committee of the Section of Professional Associations of the International Council on Archives (ICA SPA) expressed its concern about the draft European Data Protection Regulation that will result in the destruction of personal data and recommends that the members of ICA SPA promote, in- and outside their associations, the signing of a petition initiated by the French Association of Archivists AAF (https://www.change.org/petitions/the-european-parliament-adjourn-the-adoption-of-the-regulation-about-personal-data). ICA SPA emphasizes that archives are a unique and irreplaceable heritage and play an essential role in the development of societies by safeguarding the individual and community memory (UNESCO Universal Declaration on Archives as adopted by UNESCO in 2011).