Digital services regulation – opportunities and challenges – WS 01 2021

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29 June 2021 | 10:30-11:30 CEST | Studio Belgrade | Video recording | Live transcription and 12:15-13:15 (follow up) CEST | Studio Belgrade | Video recording | Live transcription

Consolidated programme 2021 overview / Day 1

Proposals: #14

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Session teaser

What does the EU have in store when it comes to regulating digital markets and services and stimulating their proper functioning? A look at the European Commission-proposed DSA and DMA and what they (could) mean for digital companies, end-users, and the Internet itself, within and beyond the EU. Come and give your feedback!

Session description

In December 2020, the European Commission released draft proposals for two new ground breaking regulations - the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DSA refreshes the old E-commerce Directive in terms of intermediary liabilities, and expands it to the new world of social media, disinformation and online advertising. The DMA addresses the market dominance of the big Internet platforms with new obligations to foster competition, user choice and Europe's digital autonomy. These proposals are now being debated by the European Parliament and the Council, and intense discussions around specific points have started across all stakeholder groups. This session will give you the opportunity to learn about the two proposals, hear diverse stakeholder views and express your opinions. The debate will focus on: content regulation, competition in digital markets, and DSA/DMA implementation. In order to provide sufficient background information for different stakeholders to give their perspective, the EC presentation will cover multiple aspects such as: rationale behind the two digital acts, overview of obligations proposed, objectives pursued and expected impact including on DNS operators.


Workshop 1 will be a double session (two 1-hour sessions), with a reduced 25-minute break in the middle. The session will start with a presentation by the European Commission of the Digital Services Act package (Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act) including an overview of the ongoing legislative process. We will then have three sub-sessions of 40 minutes each, devoted to the three following topics:

  1. Competition and platform regulation
  2. Content regulation and moderation
  3. Implementation and enforcement

In each of these sub-sessions the Commission and the other three panellists will provide their perspectives of the respective topic. An open discussion will then follow.

The last five minutes of the wrap up will be devoted to a final summary of the session’s discussions, and the preparation of the workshop report by the rapporteur.

Subject to slight adjustments during the session, the schedule will be:

10:30-10:45 Introduction of the session and presentation of the Digital Services Act package
10:45-11:25 Digital Markets Act: competition and platform regulation
11:25-11:50 Digital Services Act: content regulation and moderation (part 1)
11:50-12:15 Break
12:15-12:30 Digital Services Act: content regulation and moderation (part 2)
12:30-13:10 Implementation and enforcement of the Digital Services Act package
13:10-13:15 Wrap up

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  • Velimira Nemiguentcheva-Grau
  • Vittorio Bertola, Open-Xchange

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Subject Matter Expert (SME)

  • Sorina Teleanu

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  • Vittorio Bertola, Open-Xchange
  • Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult/DC-ISSS
  • Andrea Beccalli
  • Amali De Silva-Mitchell, Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies / Futurist
  • Denis Sparas
  • Velimira Nemiguentcheva-Grau
  • Auke Pals
  • Jutta Croll

Key Participants

European Commission: Denis Sparas, Legal Officer, DG CONNECT, Directorate “Digital Single Market”, Unit F2 E-commerce and Platforms

by topic

Key participants by topic:

  1. Competition and platform regulation
    • Tommaso Valletti, Professor of Economics, Imperial College Business School
    • Oliver Bethell, Director, EMEA Competition, Google
    • Amandine Le Pape, COO and Co-founder, Element
  2. Content regulation and moderation
    • Gabrielle Guillemin, Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19
    • Thomas Bihlmayer, Policy Adviser, eco – Association of the Internet Industry
    • Agustín Reyna, Director, Legal and Economic Affairs, BEUC
  3. Implementation and enforcement
    • Jutta Croll, Chairwoman of the Board, Stiftung Digitale Chancen
    • Frane Maroevic, Director of the Content & Jurisdiction Program, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
    • Antonio De Tommaso, Director of EU and International Affairs Service, AGCOM

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  • Vittorio Bertola, Head of Policy & Innovation, Open-Xchange

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  • The Digital Services Act package should support an open, diverse, and competitive ecosystem in which small players and European entrepreneurs in particular are capable of thriving.
  • The Digital Services Act package should be granular and clear enough so actors can both understand and comply with the regulations, but it also needs to be flexible, and open to revision and updates based on evidence and market response.
  • Product design is an important step in achieving norm compliance. Product design should be mindful of existing regulations and, to the extent possible, help to fulfill policy objectives.
  • The design of the Digital Services Act package should tackle specific issues such as enhancing clarity of some obligations (including of due diligence obligations), of its geographical application and extraterritorial effects, and of content moderation provisions in the Digital Services Act that could potentially have ‘chilling effects’.

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Video record

10:30 CEST:
12:15 CEST:


Will be provided here after the event.