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Digital platforms such as search engines and social networks have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Now the EU has proposed new regulations – they were dealt with in a virtual technical discussion of the Union parliamentary group with numerous participants.

Without platforms (almost) nothing works anymore. Large parts of the public debate have shifted to the digital space. In addition, public debate has become more prone to hate speech or the hiding of other opinions. In Germany, a regulatory answer has already been given with the Network Enforcement Act. The Digital Services Act (DSA) now announced by the EU Commission – the first of the two legal acts proposed by Brussels – offers the opportunity for a uniform European response.

Innovative strength in danger

In addition, digital platforms are becoming increasingly important in economic activity. The wealth of data created by these groups gives them a great competitive advantage over other companies. This development towards a concentrated concentration of market power endangers innovative strength. In Germany, this development is countered with the tenth amendment to the GWB (Law against Restraints of Competition). But this challenge also requires a common and uniform response at European level, which is to be implemented through the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the second legal act in Brussels.

“A great success”

With the #DSA, the ideas of the e-commerce directive are continued, explains @TSchipanski in our technical talk #NowFuture. In addition: Germany was a pioneer with the #NetzDG when it comes to fighting #HateSpeech. You could see this as a blueprint.

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Tankred Schipanski, the digital policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group, welcomed the participants and emphasized that “regulation with a sense of proportion” is important. He explained that digital politicians from the German Bundestag will work together with their colleagues from the European Parliament to accompany the further process on DSA and DMA.

Werner Stengg, member of the cabinet of the EU Commissioner and Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, spoke of an “ambitious approach” to the two legal acts. However, he made it clear: “DSA and DMA are a big hit.” It is the largest global regulatory measure in this area. Both legal acts, which the expert explained in detail, offered proposed solutions for the “real world”. Strengg made it clear: “We need legal clarity!”

“The advantages of the digital world must be available to everyone. Not just the big Internet companies ”, @stengwe emphasized in our technical discussion on the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act of the #EU. # DSA # DMA # NowFuture

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The Nancy Pelosi case

Clark Parsons, Managing Director of the Internet Economy Foundation, called the DSA “overdue” and also described it as a “big and good hit”. The DSA is necessary because of the hate speech that keeps spreading in the network, but also because of the risk of lack of transparency. Parsons brought a practical example: A manipulated video in which the US politician Nancy Pelosi was apparently seen drunk was handled completely differently by three major platforms: One had removed the video, one had throttled it, and the third was not at all intervened. Parsons: “That shows that we finally need clear rules.” The expert described the DSA as an important instrument, not only “to protect freedom of expression and freedom of the press, but also to protect democracy itself”.

We need the #DigitalServicesAct to fix grievances, says @ClarkSP. Among other things about hatred & agitation on the net – about a lack of transparency. The #DSA wants to strengthen democracy and protect values. The focus is on the user and #privacy. # / LdwnMgeOr4

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Axel Voss, coordinator of the EPP Group in the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, made it clear that one was aiming for “full harmonization”. That is necessary for a common digital European single market – and Europe needs it, otherwise you can “not keep up with the rest of the world”.

Sword of Damocles for every start-up

And why is the DMA necessary? Lisa Gradow, member of the board of the German Startups Association, offered practical examples. Many start-ups have an app as a product. But the app stores from Apple and Google basically take 30 percent of sales – and that puts a strain on virtually all start-ups. The market power of the app stores is an absolute monopoly, a “sword of Damocles” for every young tech company. From a founder’s point of view, it is clear to them: Small companies will benefit from DMA.

What problem do startups have with the big internet giants? That asks @NadineSchoen in our technical discussion #NowFuture. The app stores of platforms such as Apple or Google are problematic. @lisagradow criticizes the high costs for app providers.

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Dr. Andreas Schwab, coordinator of the EPP Group in the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament, emphasized: “As Christian Democrats, we cannot be indifferent to what happens in the economy.” Overregulation must of course be avoided, which is why the DMA proposal only covers really large platforms.

As Christian Democrats, we cannot be indifferent to what is happening in the economy, @Andreas_Schwab makes clear in our # JetztZukunft technical discussion. He makes it clear: The social market economy wants to prevent monopolies and oligopolies. That is also the guiding principle of #DMA and #DSA.

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Strengthen the European digital economy

Hansjörg Durz, the responsible rapporteur for the Union parliamentary group, specified some points from the DMA. One of them was harmonization: yes, it is an act of the internal market, but, the expert asked: How many regulatory options are left at national level?

The deputy Union parliamentary group leader Nadine Schön closed the lively discussion by pointing out that the DSA and DMA proved that “Brussels had given a lot of thought”. She thanked the lead commissioners and explained that German Union politicians had accompanied the project from the start – namely “with our own positions and the experiences we have made at national level”. In the end, the group deputy was optimistic that the European digital economy would have been strengthened.

That was an exciting technical discussion about the #EU digital package #DSA and #DMA. “We now want to maintain a good exchange with startups, media and business,” emphasizes @NadineSchoen at the end. The further negotiations will be exciting! # / RVpQ435bBJ

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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