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On 7 September, CPME issued a statement on online advertising of unhealthy products for the Digital Services Act public consultation.

CPME stresses the importance for policy-makers to prioritise the well-being of citizens living in Europe, in particular children and young people, over the financial interests of the marketing industry and take effective regulatory action to provide for responsible practices in advertising and other forms of communication, including social media.

For CPME, the internal market clause in the Directive on Electronic Commerce undermines Member States’ ability to decide their own level of public health protection, as they cannot enforce national rules to a company established in another Member State but where such company is targeting their nationals too.

CPME recommends, among other, for EU co-legislators to clarify that the jurisdiction for online advertising of unhealthy and harmful products, such as alcohol, tobacco and foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS), is not subject to the internal market clause, and to consider illegal the online advertisement of these products via games and social media, due to the potential exposure for vulnerable groups, in particular children, youths, persons with disabilities and persons suffering from mental health disorders.

Read CPME Statement on Online Advertising of Unhealthy Products for the Digital Services Act Public Consultation here.