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PRESS RELEASES 28 September 2020

Digital Services Act: MEPs call for ambitious package addressing illegal goods and unfair trading practices

Today the EU Parliament Internal Market Committee approved the Report of MEP Alex Agius-Saliba (S&D, MT) on the Digital Services Act. The Report is an encouraging call for an updated, fitforpurpose legislative framework around the liability and responsibilities of online intermediaries, and especially online platforms.

Michelle Gibbons, AIM Director General: “We welcome the outcome of this vote as a major step in the right direction, recognising the effort this took to find a compromise between different views. It should be clear that without an update to the current framework we will only perpetuate the loopholes that have allowed an ever-growing volume of illegal goods, including counterfeit, into the EU that negatively impact our consumers, businesses and economies. What is illegal offline should be illegal online. We trust that the EU Parliament plenary will be an opportunity for more MEPs across all political groups to show their support for a clear set of measures meant to address these key challenges and provide Europe and the world with a clean and fair digital and platform economy.”

AIM is committed to contribute constructively to the Digital Services Act, proposing proportionate solutions and examples of practices that can address the growing volume of illegal goods on online platforms. You can read more in our position here.