A new DSA for a Fair Digital Europe

FairDigitalEurope is an initiative that represents a multinational network of cities, organisations, civil society and other entities that aims to connect as many interested partners as possible across Europe to help developing a fair model for Europe’s digital future.

It provides a platform to exchange knowledge, ideas and practices between interested parties and partners in preparation for the Digital Services Act. Everyone is cordially invited to partake and share one’s ideas and views.

A common approach presents an ideal opportunity to put forward interests and positions to those actively participating in the legislative procedure.

FairDigitalEurope also provides a Municipal Digital Services Act Toolbox, which contains a first approach of possible solutions to the problems listed below and is intended to be shared for informational purposes as well.

This and other documents can be accessed in the download section of this webpage, which is being continually updated.

What is the DSA?

The European Commission is preparing a proposal for a Digital Services Act by the end of 2020. This act will be the new basis for activities of platforms, cloud services or mixed digital services within the European Union and its single market. Many of such activities were formerly regulated in the E-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC), which came into effect at the beginning of this millenium. 

What are the Problems?

This section is dedicated to highlight some of the issues, that arise with the outdated
E-Commerce Directive and need to be taken into consideration with the future Digital Services Act.


Companies with digital business models pay an average effective tax rate of 9.5%, while traditional business model pay an average of 23.2%.

Digital companies outperform the market average, leaving hardly any chance for new emerging businesses.

Country of Origin

Digital companies tend to use the country of origin principle to opt for those Member States where conditions are optimal for them in terms of regulations, taxation or the entire legal system.

Access to Data

The lack of access to valuable and utilizable data complicates law enforcement on European and national level and hinders Member States to fulfill their public tasks.


The challenges facing cities and municipalities through platforms are particularly evident in the areas of short-term rentals, taxes and levies.


Platform economy severely impacts employment across Europe.

Becoming a


There is no formal membership or fee for taking part in this endeavour. You can express your interest in  sending us (info[at]fairdigitaleurope.eu) a mail with your official logo  (*.png) and the contact details of your unit (name, address, person in charge, phone number, e-mail) which deals with issues concerning digital or platform economy in your city or region. We also provide a push notification service for updates to the downloads section.

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