EU broadens cooperation and oversight for DSA implementation

This move aligns with the EU Commission’s call for member states to collaborate in combatting the spread of illegal content on Very Large Online Platforms and Search Engines.

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To bolster the European Commission’s ability to identify and evaluate potential systemic risks associated with the Digital Services Act (DSA), an arrangement with the Italian media regulator (Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni, AGCOM) has been established. This collaboration will focus on addressing issues related to illegal content, disinformation, and safeguarding minors while facilitating the exchange of essential information and best practices with regulatory bodies.

Furthermore, AGCOM has been appointed as Italy’s Digital Services Coordinator and is set to become part of the Board for Digital Services, expected to be established by February 2024, with representation from a competent authority in each EU member state. These efforts align with the Commission’s recommendation to member states for coordinated action against spreading illegal content on Very Large Online Platforms and Very Large Online Search Engines.

Why does it matter?

The Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), responsible for DSA implementation and enforcement, has recently reached similar agreements with media regulators in France and Ireland, with discussions ongoing for additional agreements. With the current global context marked by conflict and security challenges, these initiatives are critical in ensuring a secure and trustworthy online environment in the EU, as mandated by the DSA.