Stepping stones to a level playing field in Europe
The rise of the platform economy has created many opportunities but also challenges disrupting the economy, businesses, societies and our daily lives in a way not seen since the industrial revolution. These trends have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current EU rules on digital services have remained largely unchanged since the e-Commerce Directive of 2000, while recent developments such as the spread of illegal and harmful products (e.g. counterfeit goods) and content (e.g. hate speech, disinformation and misinformation) have come to dominate the debate over online platform regulation in the EU.
The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) are the EU answer to updating rules for digital services. Both legislative proposals aim at fostering Europe's key political objective of digital sovereignty through unleashing the potential of our Digital Single Market and ensuring safe, fair, open and accountable digital services according to the European values.