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Europe – Asia Center

Webinar: Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act –Opportunities and challenges for EU – China relations

East meets West Expert Series

An Expert Roundtable organised by the Europe-Asia Centre, Brussels – October 2022

The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA) marked a substantial legislative step of the European Union towards strengthening the European’s “strategic autonomy”, central concept expected to also strengthen EU’s multilateral action reduce external dependence and reduce vulnerabilities such as the disinformation across digital information.

The ongoing geopolitical tensions and consequential pause in the negotiations of a Comprehensive trade agreement (CTA) between EU and China, do hamper the progress of a structured dialogue in the area of Internet governance covered by the DMA and DSA. Regulations currently targeting business practices of the U.S. tech giants such as Google, Amazon or Meta, do create a legitimate concern for European policy makers on the future of the EU digital markets, as Chinese digital technology firms could be left alone to grow.

The question arises on what opportunities and future challenges DMA and DSA can bring to the EU-China dialogue.

Participating high-level guests

Ambassador (ret.) Piet Steel, Chairman of Europe-Asia Centre (Belgium)

H.E. Dr. Andreas Schwab, Member of the European Parliament (EPP Group) and lead on the Digital Markets Act (Germany)

Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang, President and Founder of China Center for Globalization (China)

Participating experts

Dr. Sebastian Hallensleben, Chair of CEN-CENELEC JTC 21, expert advisory board of EU StandICT and co-chair of OECD ONE.AI group (Germany)

Ms Mireia Paulo, Head of Management of the Centre for EU-Asia Connectivity (CEAC) and Lecturer/Research Associate at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Senior Consultant at the Shanghai A&Z Law Firm (Germany / Spain)

Maria Adele Carrai, Assistant Professor of Global China Studies at NYU Shanghai (China)

Roundtable moderator

Mr Matic Gajsek, Deputy Director, Europe – Asia Center (Belgium)

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