The Malta Independent 19 September 2020, Saturday

MEP Alex Agius Saliba chosen by Politico as one of main EP key-players in digital arena

Monday, 7 September 2020, 13:28 Last update: about 12 days ago

The European Parliament magazine Politico has chosen Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba as a key played in the digital arena.

After the magazine had chosen MEP Alex Agius Saliba as one of ten key-players from 705 MEPs, Politico highlighted 11 important policies on the EU’s fall agenda.

One of these policies is to regulate platforms such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon via the Digital Services Act, a legislative package expected by the end of the year.

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Agius Saliba was listed among the more influential figures in the sector.

“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”, commented IMCO Rapporteur Agius Saliba.

“The COVID-19 pandemic had exposed serious shortcomings in the way platforms such as Google and Facebook are regulated in Europe”, said Labour MEP, 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 chosen by Politico as one of the main key-players in the EU digital arena. I am looking forward to continue working hard on the report as the representative from the EU smallest member state in the in interest of Maltese citizens," Agius Saliba concluded.

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