Debate on Digital Services Act, Digital Markets Act

Digital Services & Markets: Towards an open and competitive digital space for SMEs

The Digital Services Act package will lay the legal foundation of Europe’s internet economy of the future. What will that mean for SMEs? Join the debate on 22 January via the webinar by registering below or simply watch the live-stream via YouTubeFacebook, or Twitter!

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On 15 December 2020, the European Commission published two pieces of legislation that will update the rules for digital companies in Europe: a Digital Services and a Digital Markets Act, collectively known as the Digital Services Act package. In a nutshell, the Digital Services Act (DSA) focuses on illegal content. On the other hand, the Digital Markets Act (DMA) promises to tackle the dominance of large gatekeeper platforms like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft (GAFAM).

At DIGITAL SME, we believe that Europe needs an open, fair, and competitive digital ecosystem that enables innovation. Continuous dialogue and information flow between the stakeholders can help to create a better system for all. Therefore, DIGITAL SME is organising an online exchange with the European Commission about the Digital Services Act package.

Join us for a debate between policymakers and representatives from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to discuss the proposed solutions for a fair and competitive digital ecosystem. This will ultimately allow SMEs and a wider audience to gain first-hand insights about the proposals of the Digital Services Act package, which may substantially shape digital markets in the years to come.


15.00 – 15.05 Welcome by DIGITAL SME
15.05 – 15.15 Opening Statement by Prabhat AgarwalHead of Unit Digital Services and Platforms at DG CONNECT, European Commission
15.15 – 16.00 Panel discussion: How to create a fair and competitive digital environment for SMEs?


  • Prabhat Agarwal, Head of Unit Digital Services and Platforms at DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Margarete Rudzki, Head of Unit Digital Economy, German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH)
  • Frank Karlitschek, CEO, Nextcloud
  • Anna Cavazzini, MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Moderated by DIGITAL SME

16.00 – 16.15 Closing remarks

  • Tiemo Wölken, MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats



With support from the COMPACT Project