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News publishers: “DSA and DMA are a missed opportunity to rebalance online ecosystem”

Press releases , December 15, 2020


Brussels, 15 December 2020

News publishers speak of a missed opportunity following today’s announcement of the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) by the European Commission. The DSA aims to clarify the responsibilities of digital services while the DMA proposes new market conduct rules for larger online players.

Wout van Wijk, Executive Director of News Media Europe, commented: “The Commission’s proposals lack teeth and are nowhere far reaching enough to address basic behavioural incentives. We need clear-cut prohibitions on the conduct of gatekeepers and a crystal-clear, reinforced liability regime to rein in tech giants. Instead, platforms are now offered carte blanche on liability with a good Samaritan clause and the market investigation tool has disappeared altogether”.

Wout van Wijk continued: “It is a missed opportunity that the Commission has not proposed a binding instrument or code to address inherent imbalances in bargaining power with gatekeepers”.

The DSA and DMA will shape the future of the internet for decades to come, just as the e-Commerce Directive did after its adoption in 2000. It is hoped that these proposals will promote healthy and competitive digital markets.

Wout van Wijk added: “We call on the European Parliament and Member States to support European media. Make no mistake, this is about European cultural, digital and democratic sovereignty.”.

News Media Europe contributed to the European Commission public consultation on the Digital Services Act and the New Competition Tool in September, in collaboration with media associations across Europe. The co-legislators will shortly start discussions on the DSA and DMA proposals.

About News Media Europe:

News Media Europe (NME) represents the progressive news media industry in Europe – over 2500 European news brands in print or online, and also on radio and tv. NME is committed to maintaining and promoting the freedom of the press, to upholding and enhancing the freedom to publish, and to championing the news brands which are one of the most vital parts of Europe’s creative industries. 

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Wout van Wijk, Executive Director,