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Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms
Published on: 15/12/2020
The Commission has proposed today an ambitious reform of the digital space, 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 and the Digital Markets Act.

European values are at the heart of both proposals. The new rules will better protect consumers and their fundamental rights online, and will lead to fairer and more open digital markets for everyone.

A modern rulebook across the single market will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness and will provide users with new, better and reliable online services.

It will also support the scaling up of smaller platforms, small and medium-sized enterprises, and start-ups, providing them with easy access to customers across the whole single market, while lowering compliance costs.

Furthermore, the new rules will prohibit unfair conditions imposed by online platforms that have become, or are expected to become, gatekeepers to the single market.

The two proposals are at the core of the Commission's ambition to make this 'Europe's Digital Decade'.

Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said: “Many online platforms have come to play a central role in the lives of our citizens and businesses, and even our society and democracy at large. With today's proposals, we are organising our digital space for the next decades. With harmonised rules, ex ante obligations, better oversight, speedy enforcement, and deterrent sanctions, we will ensure that anyone offering and using digital services in Europe benefits from security, trust, innovation and business opportunities.”

More information

Full press release: Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms

Questions and Answers on the Digital Services Act

Questions and Answers on the Digital Markets Act

Facts page: The Digital Services Act

Facts page: The Digital Markets Act

Results of the public consultation on the Digital Services Act

Results of the public consultation on a New Competition Tool

Website on antitrust procedures

European Democracy Action Plan

Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen

Brochure - How do online platforms shape our lives and businesses?