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The Grand Committee decided today that Parliament agrees with the Government's position in the preparation of the EU Digital Services Act and the Digital Market Act. One dissention was appended to the committee statement.
The European Commission's proposals aim to make the online environment safer and fairer for consumers and businesses. One of the proposed regulations concerns digital services and the other the digital market.
The Government and Parliament support the objectives of the proposals but make clarifications and comments on further preparations.
Legal Affairs Committee, Constitutional Law Committee, Transport and Communications Committee and Commerce Committee have provided their views to the Grand Committee. The Grand Committee considers the committees' assessment of Finland's negotiating objectives, the framework conditions for the negotiations and the key development needs of the proposals to be justified. In its statement, the Grand Committee raises only some key aspects for further preparation.
In further preparations, particular attention should be paid to ensuring that the provisions are proportionate, equal, non-discriminatory, fair, appropriate and clear. The preparation must also take into account legal protection and the protection of business secrets, as well as guaranteeing a high level of consumer protection. Unnecessary administrative burdens should be avoided, and regulatory flexibility ensured. The European regulatory environment must support the development of competitive and innovative business in a rapidly changing international environment.
The Grand Committee draws the Government's special attention to the Constitutional Law Committee's comments on the digital services legislation.
The Constitutional Law Committee agrees with the Government that the negotiations must ensure that, under the Digital Services Regulation, interference with freedom of expression is limited to what is necessary to achieve the acceptable goal pursued therein. In addition, in the preparation, the Constitutional Law Committee considers it important to ensure that, under the regulation, interference with democracy and the participation and influence of citizens is limited to what is necessary. At the very least, the Committee considers that a more detailed explanation of the public administration tasks that may be assigned to service providers, the accuracy of the powers conferred on the Commission and the national authorities, administrative sanctions and the proposed legal protection arrangements is needed.