This conference will be held under a Hybrid Format. To ensure the health and safety of our speakers, attendees, sponsors and staff while maximising interaction amongst participants, in-person attendance at this event will be limited to 120 attendees.
There will be a significant in-person component to this event with demand likely to be high. If you are interested in participating in the conference in person we recommend that you apply for your spot as soon as possible. For those not attending on site, sessions will be live streamed to our events platform.
We will continue to monitor developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, follow recommendations regarding masks, social distancing, and sanitation set out by the venue and local authorities and may revise the capacity limit based on the advice received.
On 15 December 2020, the European Commission released its Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposals. The DSA seeks to establish new rules for the digital economy to clarify the liability regime applicable to online intermediaries and to provide additional consumer and citizen protections, while the DMA introduces new obligations for platforms that are designated as gatekeepers, seeking to ensure a fair and open digital single market in Europe.
As significant steps in the legislative process for both proposals have recently been taken at both Parliament and Council level, the 3rd edition of Forum Europe’s DSA / DMA conference will examine the current state of the files, explore the compromises that have been reached, and discuss the best ways to find consensus during the interinstitutional negotiations on the pending issues regarding competition and innovation, the liability regime of platforms for online content, and the online sale of products.
The current state of the DSA and DMA files
The latest compromises and consensus around the liability framework for online platforms
The creation of a level playing field in the digital sector
Transatlantic cooperation in regulating the digital sphere
Secretary of State for the Digital Transition and Electronic Communications
Republic of France
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy,
Government of the Netherlands
Minister of Digital Affairs
Government of Poland
Rapporteur for the DSA Initiative, IMCO Committee
Director for the Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT
Cabinet Expert for Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager
Head of Unit, Digital Services and Platforms, DG CONNECT
Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Services and Platforms, DG CONNECT
Shadow Rapporteur for the DMA Initiative, IMCO Committee
Director, Markets and Cases II, Information, Communication and Media, DG COMP,
Rapporteur for the DSA Initiative, JURI Committee
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Head of Division - Legal Framework for Digital Services and Media Industry
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Director of Consumer Department
Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets
Associate General Counsel and Vice President
Brussels Bureau Chief
Wall Street Journal
Professor in Information Technology and Data Governance, University of Southampton, & Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer, Immuta
Brussels Legal Reporter
Associate General Counsel & Head of Public Affairs
Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)
Senior Legal Officer and Digital Rights Team Leader
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The DSA package released in December 2020 was ground-breaking, with the European Commission setting out to deliver significant new guardrails to ensure greater protections against illegal content and the sale of illegal and unsafe products online. By establishing a common set of rules to increase accountability and intermediaries’ obligations, the DSA seeks to create a level-playing field to foster innovation, competitiveness, and growth of the digital single market.
While discussions continue in the European Parliament, there is strong political will to reach a final agreement as part of upcoming trialogue negotiations. This session will discuss the extent to which the latest compromises and consensus around the liability framework for online platforms will meet the ambitions laid out in the original file.
The aim of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) is to ensure the proper functioning of the digital single market by addressing market imbalances in the EU and to support an open and fair digital sector by creating a level playing field with clear prohibitions and obligations for companies defined as ‘gatekeepers’.
With the DMA currently being discussed through trialogue negotiations, this session will examine the final considerations so that the new framework ensures openness and fairness of markets by promoting innovation, as well as strengthening consumer choice and access to high-quality digital products and services. It will explore the criteria for the designation of gatekeepers, the scope of the obligations, and the expected impact that these ex-ante rules will have on European and global businesses, on innovators, as well as on the experiences of the end-users. Finally it will address issues relating to the enforcement of the rules by the European Commission and to its cooperation with national competition authorities who will contribute to investigations.
Given the global nature of the digital economy, there is no doubt that the EU’s ambitions to reform the digital space with both the DSA and DMA will inform future discussions on digital regulation around the world. From a transatlantic perspective, many major US tech companies fall within the scope of both files. As the Biden Administration and the US Congress are also working on platform governance issues, notably the reform of Section 230 and platform liability through various initiatives such as the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, in addition to the work undertaken by U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, is there is an opportunity for greater collaboration between the EU and the US to define a common approach to digital regulation based on shared values?
With both regions looking to address similar concerns around the algorithmic amplification of illegal and harmful content online, disinformation, platform transparency and liability, product safety, antitrust issues and the market power of so-called Big Tech, this session will explore what can be done to foster cooperation between the EU and US to ensure compatibility between their respective frameworks, which will be key for digital trade in the future.
To discuss sponsorship and visibility opportunities at the 3rd Digital Services Act Conference, please contact Luke Pearson on [email protected] / +44 (0) 2920 783 078
Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion, either in person or remotely.
Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decisionmakers, businesses and policymakers, either onsite or online.
European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience
Networking opportunities | Socially distanced and safe networking opportunities will be available to all in person attendees throughout the day. Both in person and virtual attendees will be able to connect using our App’s virtual networking feature. Virtual private meeting rooms can also be booked
Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities
Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience at both onsite & digital exhibition booths
Details about the venue for this event will be available shortly.
This event will be taking place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution. For more details, please visit forum-europe.com.