European Parliament, PR of 20 December 2021

Proposal for a Digital Services Act: European Parliament adopts its position

On 20 December 2021 the European Parliament has adopted its position on the Commission proposal for a regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act - DSA) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC. It has instructed its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments. The European Parliament now calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal.

The Rapporteur of the European Parliament, Christel Schaldemose, welcomes the Commission’s proposal on a Digital Services Act. In her report Schaldemose points out, that an updated regulatory framework on digital services, establishing clear responsibilities is necessary to address the challenges of digital services and to ensure a level playing field in the digital Single Market and a safer digital space for the users.

The Rapporteur acknowledges the horizontal nature of this Regulation, but at the same time considers that the one size fits all approach fails to tackle the problems with illegal products and services sold through online marketplaces. She is of the opinion that stricter rules on online marketplaces must be introduced in order to create a level playing field and ensure the principle of “what is illegal offline should also be illegal online”.

Schaldemose welcomes the Commission’s aim to increase the transparency of online advertisement and recommender systems, but is of the view that the Commission’s proposal lacks concrete obligations to ensure accountability and to prevent the amplification of illegal content. She thus sees a need to propose further transparency measures and requirements in order to ensure user protection by design and by default.

Lastly, the Rapporteur welcomes the focus on the implementation and enforcement provisions and believes that given the cross-border nature of digital services, the hybrid enforcement model suggested by the Commission could ensure an effective and efficient enforcement of this Regulation. However, the Rapporteur finds it necessary to strengthen some provisions to ensure that no Member State becomes a safe haven for online platforms.

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC (COM(2020)0825 – C9-0418/2020 – 2020/0361(COD))

Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt vom 07.01.2022 14:25
Quelle: European Parliament, PR of 20 December 2021

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