Digital Single Market

Digital & Media 24-11-2021

The Brief, powered by ENTSO-E — Who fears the European Commission?

This week saw significant progress in Brussels’ attempt to regulate the internet economy, as the landmark proposals for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA) advanced in their legislative processes. Surprisingly, with very little noise from the 'Big Tech'.
Digital & Media 23-11-2021

EU Parliament’s key committee adopts Digital Markets Act

The Digital Markets Act legislative proposal has been endorsed with an overwhelming majority by a key European Parliament committee and will now be voted on in the December plenary session.
Digital & Media 22-11-2021

Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain issue warning on DMA ahead of ministerial meeting

The Danish, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish embassies to the EU circulated a warning statement on Monday (22 November) ahead of the Competitiveness Council that is set to adopt the EU’s Digital Markets Act, a key piece of digital legislation, on...
Digital & Media 22-11-2021

DSA: MEPs near agreement on targeted ads, recommender system, marketplace liability

The main political groups of the European Parliament could soon agree on key points of the proposal to regulate online services, according to the latest compromise amendments seen by EURACTIV. Still, discussions may not meet the December deadline.
Margrethe Vestager
Competition 18-11-2021

Firms must be exposed to competition, says Vestager in blow to ‘EU champions’

EU Competition chief, Margrethe Vestager argued on Thursday (18 November) that strong businesses would not emerge by shielding them from competition, but by exposing them to it, as she presented the bloc's competition policy review.
Digital & Media 17-11-2021

DSA: EU ambassadors reach agreement to start interinstitutional negotiations

Representatives of EU countries endorsed a key piece of digital legislation, the Digital Services Act, on Wednesday, confirming proposals for a 24-hour deadline for removal of illegal content, liability provisions for online marketplaces and centralised enforcement for very large online platforms.
Digital & Media 16-11-2021

Warning: Big Tech may use extended regulatory dialogues to undermine the Digital Markets Act

To limit the power of internet platforms, the EU is working on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The Commission’s draft for the DMA looks promising and shows credible ambition to address digital gatekeepers like Google or Facebook and tackle monopoly power in Europe.
Digital & Media 11-11-2021

EU ambassadors approve ‘general approach’ to Digital Markets Act

Ambassadors from the 27-member European Union unanimously adopted their "general approach" to the DMA on Wednesday (10 November), bringing several modifications to the European Commission's proposal to rein in the dominance of big players on the EU's digital market.
Digital & Media 28-10-2021

Online marketplaces warn EU ‘gatekeeper’ definition does not mirror their business model

The criteria for designing e-commerce platforms as gatekeepers do not reflect their business model, according to a letter signed by eight European technology companies including Booking, Allegro and Zalando.
Digital & Media 27-10-2021

DMA : EU lawmakers want to impose minimum 4% fine on ‘gatekeepers’

Digital giants could be fined at least 4% of their annual turnover if they fail to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) if the opinion of MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee are heeded. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 26-10-2021

European providers want DMA to address ‘unfair practices’ in cloud market

Service providers are arguing that for the European cloud market to develop, the new EU antitrust law should prevent anti-competitive practices by large software providers.
Digital & Media 21-10-2021

Facebook and French publishers reach deal on remuneration of news content

Facebook and the French publishers' lobby known as Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale (APIG) have reached an agreement on the remuneration of journalistic content posted on the US giant's platform, the two announced on Thursday. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 11-10-2021

Slovenian Presidency pitches provisions to ‘avoid enforcement deadlocks’ in DSA

The Slovenian Presidency has advanced an enforcement structure that would give stronger intervention powers to the European Commission in the context of the proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) package. The European Commission presented the package in December 2020. It contains...
Digital & Media 07-10-2021

Search engines push for opening default positions

DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Ecosia, and Lilo sent an open letter to EU lawmakers on Thursday (7 October), urging them to take action against their dominant rival Google in the upcoming legislative proposal on the Digital Markets Act (DMA).
Digital & Media 06-10-2021

‘Too big to crash’ and ‘too big to care’, Facebook faces fallout from EU policymakers

Facebook’s service outage on Monday (4 October), combined with a series of revelations about the social network's management, have prompted policymakers to ask for regulation of online platforms with a shared sense of urgency.
Digital & Media 24-09-2021

Ireland draws a red line on country of origin principle in DSA

Following a French initiative against the country of origin principle, Ireland is leading a counter-offensive of ten countries that consider the move would disrupt the digital single market.
Digital & Media 22-09-2021

No excuse to let illegal content flourish

Thriving digital markets have made our lives easier and supported our economies, but it is about time that we put an end to illegal content that both harms our consumers and businesses. Simon Kollerup is Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business...
Digital & Media 17-09-2021

MEPs push to shape working conditions of the gig economy

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution on social protection for platform workers, anticipating key parts of an upcoming EU legislative proposal expected to come out before the end of the year.
Digital & Media 10-09-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: Nvidia seeks clearance, Germany’s conflicting views, DMA & DSA Council updates

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We are working through the regulatory process and we look forward to engaging with the European Commission to address...
Digital & Media 03-09-2021

Digital Brief: Big Tech, Big Lobbying, Ireland’s fine, politics-free Facebook

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission is open to meeting anyone who wishes to speak to us. The Commission does not, and will...
Cybersecurity 27-08-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: US national (cyber)security, UK tech superpower bid

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “I’ve invited you all here today because you have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility, I believe, to...
Digital & Media 03-08-2021

EU bolsters probe into Facebook buyout of Kustomer

The EU on Monday (2 August) deepened its probe into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer over concerns the social network giant could restrict the US start-ups' rivals' use of its WhatsApp and Instagram platforms.
Digital & Media 19-07-2021

How to make Digital Services Act future-proof?

It’s time to set a clear, fair and universal base law for the internet, writes Dita Charanzová. Balance is key, or we risk harming our economy. Fixing an issue for one sector in the DSA may tilt the playing field for everyone else. We need a horizontal framework, she argues.
Digital & Media 15-07-2021

Ideological debate over EU industrial strategy heats up

An ideological debate over the future of Europe’s industrial strategy is heating up as the bloc reconsiders how best to achieve strategic independence from foreign suppliers in key economic areas. The disruption of international supply chains due to the pandemic...