The battle to rewrite europes internet rules is heating up.

The european parliament got in on the act on monday with meps voting on draft proposals for reining in big tech. they hope these will be part of the european commissions landmark tech regulation, expected this year.

Discussions within the parliament on the new digital services act have been going on for months, and they havent been smooth.just one set of motions, by the internal market committee, saw more than 1,200 amendments (including a couple of hundred from another five committees).

The clamour from rival political groups and committees to wade in to the dsa is understandable. the act is among the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of brussels since the dawn of the big tech era. it will be the first time in two decades that brussels will overhaul online rules. regulators are seeking to clarify crucial areas including limits on illegal content, ad transparency and disinformation.

Recent evidence suggests the commission wants to bring out the big guns, too. earlier this month, thierry breton, the internal market commissioner charged with leading the digital overhaul, told the financial times that regulators want extra powers to break up big platforms, force them to sell divisions and even exclude them from the bloc if they misbehave.

Meps also smell blood. they are set to ratify recommendations that will call for tough action against giant platforms such as facebook and google.

Alex saliba, a centre-left mep in charge of drafting recommendations for the dsa, called for proper rules to restrain the growing might of the tech giants.

This is a golden opportunity to discuss the rules of the internet and place regulations on the services that are affecting our daily lives, he said.

Some of the most eye-catching proposals meps want the commission to propose include:

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European flights enjoyed a brief respite over the summer months but air traffic is tanking again as the continent tries to grapple with rising covid-19 cases. (chart via the ft)

Eu ministers in charge of competitiveness and development hold their regular videoconference meetings tuesday. the fts annual telecoms conference with etno kicks off in the afternoon with a keynote speech from european council president charles michel at 17.00 (cet).

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