The DSA should be future proofed to drive digital innovation

Europe needs the Digital Services Act (DSA) to be clear, scalable and future-proof in order to build an ambitious, strong and fair digital single market. The call came during an online event hosted today by the Czech Confederation of Industry and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Dita Charanzová.

The event, entitled DSA: How to make it future-proof? heard that the DSA has the ambitious target of creating a new set of rules for all players in Europe’s digital economy, while also driving innovation and growth. The speakers discussed the difficult task of balancing the interests of emerging businesses and consumers to deliver a European digital single market that continues to set global standards.

The discussion brought together a broad spectrum of speakers including policymakers, business representatives and academics such as Prabhat Agarwal, Head of Unit at DG CONNECT and Jan Havlík, Head of Unit at the Czech Permanent Representation’s Internal market and Competitiveness unit.

“The DSA is a crucial piece of legislation that will shape the EU economy for decades to come. The Confederation of Industry has already been actively involved in the DSA debate. We’re encouraging our members to get up to speed on the impact the DSA will have on their business and to start making their voice heard in the legislative debate,” said Milena Jabůrková, Vice-President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic in conclusion.

The DSA will be one of the most consequential pieces of EU legislation in recent years for the Czech Republic. Governments and industry players alike agree that the DSA is an opportunity to boost the innovative potential of the European economy. It is therefore critically important that it maintains key provisions of the e-Commerce Directive which has been crucial in allowing digital companies to flourish across Europe.

"The DSA must maintain the benefits of the open and free internet of today. The goal must be a better working system which serves as a basis for innovation and digital growth in Europe,” said Dita Charanzová, in her keynote. "Any attempt to addres every digital issue in this one law will only end badly. We need to set down common principles and then we need to let the market work," she added.

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