Digital Services Act published

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The Digital Services Act was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The aim of the adopted regulation is to ensure the proper functioning of the single market in relation to the provision of digital services within the European Economic Area. This should strengthen consumer protection, create a safer digital environment, and set precise rules for e-commerce. The scope of the regulation is very broad and covers all intermediary services. However, the rules are designed asymmetrically, so that companies with a greater socio-economic impact must comply with stricter conditions than small and micro-enterprises, which are exempt from certain obligations. The regulation builds on the more than 20-year-old Directive 2000/31/EC on e-commerce, which governed the provision of digital services in the internal market until the adoption of Digital Services Act. The new regulation responds to the changing nature and scope, but also the importance of digital services for the European economy and society.