The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament pushes for a
modern legal framework that ensures the safety of users online and guarantees
the protection of fundamental rights while maintaining a fair and open digital
The Digital Services Act, today approved by the Committee on the
Internal Market and Consumer Protection, will bring more legal certainty for
online providers with new harmonised rules and stronger competition in the
digital single market, by better protecting citizens and their rights with more
choice and less exposure to illegal content.
For Renew Europe is important that new rules don’t overburden
start-ups, micro, small and medium companies, which are key for the EU
competitiveness worldwide. We also want a more transparent and informed choice
for consumers, especially when it comes to targeted ads.
The internet should be safer for minors and more accessible to
all citizens. That is why Renew Europe insisted on having a specific
prohibition to target or profile children online and on making sure that
platforms respect specific accessibility criteria for people with disabilities.
Both provisions were included in the DSA.
MEP, Dita Charanzová (ANO, Czech Republic), Vice-President of
the European Parliament and Renew Europe Group’s rapporteur on Digital Services
“I am proud we were able to find a balanced outcome that
maintains the principles of the E-Commerce Directive that has built the open
and free internet of today. But we make it better by creating a fair system to
quickly remove the illegal content that pollutes the online world. We have done
this and we have done it in a way that respects users. Gone will be the days of
your birthday party video just disappearing without any reason. Gone are the
days of internet trolls or business rivals false flagging content. You will now
have a right to a counter-notice and to get your content back.”
"This regulation will lead to a better internet, where laws
are respected. But we do not want a sterilized internet, we do not want a
censored internet. We must defend the rights and freedoms of our citizens,
including freedom of speech. We only ask for platforms to take their
responsibility for their own terms and conditions. They must apply them in a
fair and non-arbitrary way for all."