A New Framework for Digital Services in Europe. The VideoTalk with Christel Schaldemose (IMCO Committee)


A New Framework for Digital Services in Europe. Fostering Competitiveness, Empowering Users”. This is the title of the VideoTalk held on July 1 that hosted as guest speaker Ms. Christel Schaldemose, Rapporteur on DSA, IMCO Committee.

After a brief introduction by Stefano da Empoli, I-Com President, the VideoTalk continued with a speech by Ms. Schaldemose, followed by a participated Q&A time.

Bringing together EU and national institution representatives, companies, research and business organisations, trade and consumer associations and other relevant stakeholders, the event offered a forum to discuss the challenges and perspectives on the new Digital Services Act, one of the building blocks of the European Digital Strategy Shaping Europe’s Digital Future, which will upgrade the rules governing digital services in the EU. A particular focus will be placed on the need to create a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected while establishing a level playing field to foster innovation, growth, and competitiveness.

The participated discussion aimed at answering many questions. Namely, is the DSA proposal able to ensure an adequate balance between the necessity to guarantee rights and freedom and the opportunity not to hinder, but rather to foster, innovation and competitiveness in the European Union? Are obligations placed on platforms achievable and proportionate? What are the chances that a regime too focused on large platforms may encourage the displacement of illegal activities and content to smaller platforms? To ensure a clear and certain regulatory framework and avoid the risk of duplicating obligations, would it be useful to adopt a text bringing together all the legislation applicable to platforms? Also, how can the distinction between true and false news be made clearer? What is the respective scope for regulation and voluntary initiatives taken by the platforms?
VT I-Com_DSA_1 July 2021