Brussels, 15th June 2021
FOLLOWING THE DIGITAL SERVICES ACT’S ROUTE THROUGH THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS: FULL APPRECIATION TOWARDS MEP SCHALDEMOSE’S DRAFT REPORT WITHIN THE IMCO COMMITTEE
The European Consumer Electronics Retail Council (EuCER), a non-profit association representing specialist retailers in the technical consumer goods sector, has just concluded its 2021 General Assembly.
The EuCER Council expresses their support to MEP Schaldemose’s report on the Digital Services Act, and the overdue work done to update the rules governing the provision of digital services in the EU.
This regulation has indeed never been updated since its approval in 2000, while the digital services faced a noticeable evolution, which experienced a further acceleration during the last sixteen months, due to the pandemic.
The participants, in particular, unanimously shared their appreciation for the pragmatic approach adopted by MEP Schaldemose in her draft report on the DSA, which fully converges with the current needs of retail in technical consumer goods.
The Council states that it is fundamental that all European institutions do not miss the opportunity of letting the EU properly fulfil its international role, riding the wave of digitalisation and innovation, clearly preserving and not forgetting, at the same time, the rights of consumers, jobs and fair competition between enterprises.
President Hans Carpels declared that it ought to be ensured that all the players, whether online, offline or omnichannel players, can operate at the equivalent conditions, avoiding the eventuality of asymmetrical competition and harmonising the rules related to
copyright fees, e-waste issues and energy labelling.