Online platforms, such as search engines, marketplaces, and social media, are a key part of the digital economy. Already, over one million EU businesses sell goods or digital services via online platforms. As European citizens, we use them on a daily basis to search for information, buy products, and stay in touch with friends and family.
However, online platforms still need regulating. EU businesses big or small should be able to thrive online. Meanwhile, users should be able to enjoy the benefits of online platforms without fear of manipulative algorithms or illegal goods and content.
The Commission is committed to three main areas of action:
breaking down online barriers, allowing full access to goods and services across the EU;
ending unjustified cross-border barriers;
making it easier and safer to shop online no matter where you are in the EU.
To achieve this, the Commission has proposed the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). These acts seek to ensure European citizens can be confident in their safety online and businesses can thrive in the digital world.