The rapid and widespread development of digital services has been at the heart of the digital changes that impact our daily lives. Many new ways to communicate, shop or access information online have appeared, and they are constantly evolving. With these developments in mind, the European Single Market requires a modern legal framework that ensures the safety of users online, establishes governance with the protection of fundamental rights at its forefront, and maintains fair and open online platform environment.

Digital Services Act & Digital Markets Act

In this vein, and following the upgrade of the rules governing digital services in the EU, this Connect University session will present the two legislative initiatives that encompass a comprehensive set of new rules for all digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms that operate in the European Union: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). These initiatives are meant to create a safer and more open digital space, with European values at its centre.

Join this Connect University session on 28 January from 16:00 until 18:00 and discover more about this set of new rules for all digital services.


  • Prabhat Agarwal, Head of Unit DG CONNECT F.2 E-Commerce and Platforms

Prabhat Agarwal is the Head of the ‘E-Commerce and Platforms’ Unit, for which he had been the Deputy Head since 2016.  Prabhat Agarwal joined the Commission in 2007 and has worked on a variety of digital policy focus areas. Prior to joining the Commission, Prabhat Agarwal worked on micro and nano-technologies for Philips Research and NXP Semiconductors. Prabhat Agarwal studied physics in the UK and France and holds a PhD on Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Cambridge.   

  • Irene Roche Laguna, Deputy Head of Unit DG CONNECT F.2 E-Commerce and Platforms

Irene Roche Laguna is the Deputy Head of the ‘Digital Services and Platforms’ Unit in DG CONNECT. Lawyer by background, Irene Roche Laguna has been part of the European Commission since 2004. Prior to that she worked at the European Court of Justice and at the University of Valencia, Spain. She has dealt with a wide range of single market related issues, such as state aid, online and postal services as well as the coordination of the enforcement of single market rules. In addition, Irene Roche Laguna is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Background information

CONNECT University is the knowledge-sharing flagship initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG Connect) that aims to inform the EU staff and the general public about the latest digital trends and challenges which are highly linked with EU's relevant policies. Join Connect University webpage and be a part of shaping the future of digital. 

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