EU Digital Services Act implementation challenges remain

30/08/2023 | EURACTIV

While the European Commission has started enforcing the Digital Services Act (DSA), a number of implementation challenges remain. One of the main areas of focus is cooperation with national regulatory authorities, EU agencies, and competence centres. The Commission is negotiating with authorities in charge of digital regulation in several larger EU countries to create the European Board for Digital Services (EBDS). The EBDS will coordinate, define guidelines, and contribute to the execution of the DSA throughout the EU. The Commission also needs to finalise an agreement with the EU's law enforcement agency, Europol, and create a close collaboration with the European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency, based in Spain. Other challenges include ensuring that the DSA and national digital implementation laws create a legal framework for a fully harmonised digital single market, along with overcoming skills shortages to ensure the new directorate can recruit enough full-time professionals by 2024.

At the same time, the Commission still has to deal with legal challenges by Amazon and Zalando concerning their Very Large Online Platform (VLOP) designations.

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