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Chapter IV – Implementation, cooperation, penalties and enforcement (Art. 49-88)

Art. 49 DSA - Competent authorities and Digital Services Coordinators arrow_right_alt

  1. Member States shall designate one or more competent authorities to be responsible for the supervision of providers of intermediary services and enforcement of this Regulation (‘competent authorities’).
  2. Member States shall designate one of the competent authorities as their Digital Services Coordinator. The Digital Services Coordinator shall be responsible for all matters relating to supervision and enforcement of this Regulation in that Member State, unless the Member State concerned has assigned certain specific tasks or sectors to other competent authorities. The Digital Services Coordinator shall in any event be responsible for ensuring coordination at national level in respect of those matters and for contributing to the effective and consistent supervision and enforcement of this Regulation throughout the Union.

For that purpose, Digital Services Coordinators shall cooperate with each other, other national competent authorities, the Board and the Commission, without prejudice to the possibility for Member States to provide for cooperation mechanisms and regular exchanges of views between the Digital Services Coordinator and other national authorities where relevant for the performance of their respective tasks.

Where a Member State designates one or more competent authorities in addition to the Digital Services Coordinator, it shall ensure that the respective tasks of those authorities and of the Digital Services Coordinator are clearly defined and that they cooperate closely and effectively when performing their tasks.

  1. Member States shall designate the Digital Services Coordinators by 17 February 2024.

Member States shall make publicly available, and communicate to the Commission and the Board, the name of their competent authority designated as Digital Services Coordinator and information on how it can be contacted. The Member State concerned shall communicate to the Commission and the Board the name of the other competent authorities referred to in paragraph 2, as well as their respective tasks.

  1. The provisions applicable to Digital Services Coordinators set out in Articles 50, 51 and 56 shall also apply to any other competent authorities that the Member States designate pursuant to paragraph 1 of this Article.
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Recital 109

In order to ensure adequate oversight and enforcement of the obligations laid down in this Regulation, Member States should designate at least one authority with the task to supervise the application and enforce this Regulation, without prejudice to the possibility to designate an existing authority and to its legal form in accordance with national law. Member States should, however, be able to entrust more than one competent authority, with specific supervisory or enforcement tasks and competences concerning the application of this Regulation, for example for specific sectors where existing authorities may also be empowered, such as electronic communications’ regulators, media regulators or consumer protection authorities, reflecting their domestic constitutional, organisational and administrative structure. In the exercise of their tasks, all competent authorities should contribute to the achievement of the objectives of this Regulation, namely to the proper functioning of the internal market for intermediary services where the harmonised rules for a safe, predictable and trusted online environment that facilitates innovation, and in particular the due diligence obligations applicable to different categories of providers of intermediary services, are effectively supervised and enforced, with a view to ensure that fundamental rights, as enshrined in the Charter, including the principle of consumer protection, are effectively protected. This Regulation does not require Member States to confer on competent authorities the task to adjudicate on the lawfulness of specific items of content.

Recital 110

Given the cross-border nature of the services at stake and the horizontal range of obligations introduced by this Regulation, one authority appointed with the task of supervising the application and, where necessary, enforcing this Regulation should be identified as a Digital Services Coordinator in each Member State. Where more than one competent authority is appointed to supervise the application of, and enforce, this Regulation, only one authority in that Member State should be designated as a Digital Services Coordinator. The Digital Services Coordinator should act as the single contact point with regard to all matters related to the application of this Regulation for the Commission, the Board, the Digital Services Coordinators of other Member States, as well as for other competent authorities of the Member State in question. In particular, where several competent authorities are entrusted with tasks under this Regulation in a given Member State, the Digital Services Coordinator should coordinate and cooperate with those authorities in accordance with the national law setting their respective tasks and without prejudice to the independent assessment of the other competent authorities. While not entailing any hierarchical supraordination over other competent authorities in the exercise of their tasks, the Digital Services Coordinator should ensure effective involvement of all relevant competent authorities and should timely report their assessment in the context of cooperation on supervision and enforcement at Union level. Moreover, in addition to the specific mechanisms provided for in this Regulation as regards cooperation at Union level, Member State should also ensure cooperation among the Digital Services Coordinator and other competent authorities designated at national level, where applicable, through appropriate tools, such as by pooling of resources, joint task forces, joint investigations and mutual assistance mechanisms.

Art. 50 DSA - Requirements for Digital Services Coordinators arrow_right_alt

Art. 51 DSA - Powers of Digital Services Coordinators arrow_right_alt

Art. 52 DSA - Penalties arrow_right_alt

Art. 53 DSA - Right to lodge a complaint arrow_right_alt

Art. 54 DSA - Compensation arrow_right_alt

Art. 55 DSA - Activity reports arrow_right_alt

Art. 56 DSA - Competences arrow_right_alt

Art. 57 DSA - Mutual assistance arrow_right_alt

Art. 58 DSA - Cross-border cooperation among Digital Services Coordinators arrow_right_alt

Art. 59 DSA - Referral to the Commission arrow_right_alt

Art. 60 DSA - Joint investigations arrow_right_alt

Art. 61 DSA - European Board for Digital Services arrow_right_alt

Art. 62 DSA - Structure of the Board arrow_right_alt

Art. 63 DSA - Tasks of the Board arrow_right_alt

Art. 64 DSA - Development of expertise and capabilities arrow_right_alt

Art. 65 DSA - Enforcement of obligations of providers of very large online platforms and of very large online search engines arrow_right_alt

Art. 66 DSA - Initiation of proceedings by the Commission and cooperation in investigation arrow_right_alt

Art. 67 DSA - Requests for information arrow_right_alt

Art. 68 DSA - Power to take interviews and statements arrow_right_alt

Art. 69 DSA - Power to conduct inspections arrow_right_alt

Art. 70 DSA - Interim measures arrow_right_alt

Art. 71 DSA - Commitments arrow_right_alt

Art. 72 DSA - Monitoring actions arrow_right_alt

Art. 73 DSA - Non-compliance arrow_right_alt

Art. 74 DSA - Fines arrow_right_alt

Art. 75 DSA - Enhanced supervision of remedies to address infringements of obligations laid down in Section 5 of Chapter III arrow_right_alt

Art. 76 DSA - Periodic penalty payments arrow_right_alt

Art. 77 DSA - Limitation period for the imposition of penalties arrow_right_alt

Art. 78 DSA - Limitation period for the enforcement of penalties arrow_right_alt

Art. 79 DSA - Right to be heard and access to the file arrow_right_alt

Art. 80 DSA - Publication of decisions arrow_right_alt

Art. 81 DSA - Review by the Court of Justice of the European Union arrow_right_alt

Art. 82 DSA - Requests for access restrictions and cooperation with national courts arrow_right_alt

Art. 83 DSA - Implementing acts relating to Commission intervention arrow_right_alt

Art. 84 DSA - Professional secrecy arrow_right_alt

Art. 85 DSA - Information sharing system arrow_right_alt

Art. 86 DSA - Representation arrow_right_alt

Art. 87 DSA - Exercise of the delegation arrow_right_alt

Art. 88 DSA - Committee procedure arrow_right_alt