EU boost DSA enforcement through agreements with France and Ireland regulators

The agreements will facilitate the exchange of information, best practices, and tools, thereby improving the Commission’s ability to assess systemic risks, address emerging threats, and ensure the protection of minors.

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The European Commission has taken significant steps to strengthen the enforcement of the Digital Services Act (DSA) by signing administrative agreements with the media regulators of France and Ireland. These agreements aim to bolster expertise and cooperation in combating the spread of illegal content on Very Large Online Platforms and Very Large Online Search Engines.

The move is vital in ensuring the DSA’s effective enforcement, especially in ongoing international conflicts. These agreements will enable the exchange of information, practices, and tools, enhancing the Commission’s ability to assess systemic risks emerging threats, and safeguarding minors.

This collaboration will remain crucial until the Board of Digital Services Coordinators is established in February 2024, marking a significant milestone in the EU online regulation. The Commission is also actively discussing expanding these agreements with other national regulators and the EU bodies, further fortifying DSA implementation.

Why does it matter?

This follows European Commissioner Thierry Breton’s requests to X, Meta, and TikTok for information regarding the potential spread of false or misleading information on their platforms concerning the Israel-Gaza conflict. Given that illegal content frequently crosses national boundaries, these agreements represent a unified endeavor to address ‘the threats to our public safety and democracy’, as underscored by Commissioner Breton.