Maltese European Member of Parlaiment Alex Agius Saliba was chosen by the Parliament Magazine, as one of ten key-player from 705 MEPs, in his capacity as IMCO rapporteur on the report Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market.
The Digital Services Act aims to strengthen the single market for digital services and to regulate the online ecosystem through a series of measures spanning online safety, liability, market dominance, online advertising and smart contracts as well as issues surrounding self-employment online.
In a statement, Labour MEP Agius Saliba said that the COVID-19 pandemic had exposed serious shortcomings in the way platforms such as Google and Facebook are regulated in Europe, considering that the main principles of the current E-Commerce Directive, such as the internal market clause, freedom of establishment and the prohibition on imposing a general monitoring obligation, should be maintained.
“After the summer recess, this is a huge honour for me to be nominated as a key player in the EU digital arena by the Parliament Magazine”, said MEP Alex
Agius Saliba also said that despite coming from the smallest Member State in the European Union with their work as MEPs, they can have a great impact and influence over European politics.