National Regulators face an uphill battle in enforcing EU Digital Rulebook

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EU countries are in the process of setting up the competent authority to police Europe’s ambitious new digital rules, with no shortage of challenges ahead.

The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a landmark legislation to regulate the responsibilities of economic actors in the digital economy, from content moderation to illegal products.

While very large online platforms will be the direct responsibility of the European Commission, national authorities will play a non-secondary role under the lead of a Digital Services Coordinator. EU countries have until 17 February to assign this role, with ample discretion on whom to choose.

The only consistency so far is that member states prefer to give the role to an existing body rather than establish a new one. Belgium, Hungary, Ireland and Slovakia have opted for the media regulator.

Finland and the Netherlands are appointing the consumer protection authority. Czechia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden are heading toward the telecom supervisor, whilst Spain eyed the competition watchdog.

Type of Publication
news-articles
Theme
digital-transformation
Publishing
EURACTIV
Publishing Date
2023
Language
english
Status
open-access
Authors
Luca Bertuzzi