Digital Security Act: the EU is concerned about certain provisions

The European Union has expressed concern about certain provisions of the Digital Security Act (DSA), as these may go beyond the stated purpose of combating digital crime.

“Democracy and human rights are shared values ​​between Bangladesh and the EU. The EU has raised the issue of the Digital Security Act (DSA), expressing concern that some of its provisions risk going beyond the stated purpose of combating digital crime and also inquired about some ongoing lawsuits in this context,” reads a joint statement released by the EU and Bangladesh. .

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The EU and Bangladesh delegations met yesterday for their fourth diplomatic consultations in Brussels.

The EU delegation was led by Gunnar Wiegand, Director General of the European External Action Service for Asia and the Pacific, and the Bangladesh delegation by Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen.

The joint statement read: “The EU has encouraged Bangladesh to implement the recommendations made during the last Universal Periodic Review”.

He said the Bangladeshi side had provided updates and shared their views in this regard.

“Both sides agreed on the need to strengthen democratic governance in the post-Covid recovery and condemned communal or sectarian violence and discrimination in all its forms or manifestations, wherever found.”

The statement said the consultations were held in a constructive and cordial atmosphere against the backdrop of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence and the centenary of the birth of Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The EU and Bangladesh agreed to intensify cooperation on climate action, digitalisation, connectivity and security, taking into account the EU cooperation strategy in the Indo-Pacific region.

In this regard, the two sides discussed initiating regular political dialogue to provide strategic guidance and intensify foreign and security policy cooperation, the statement read.

The EU presented its new cooperation strategy in the Indo-Pacific. The two parties discussed the political and security situation in the region, maritime security, as well as the fight against terrorism and cooperation within UN bodies.

“Both sides agreed to work on this common agenda towards achieving concrete progress and deliverables, which will be discussed during the upcoming consultations, to be held in Dhaka in 2023.”

Sylvia B. Polson