AG Øe advises CJEU to rule that Article 17 is COMPATIBLE with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and should not be annulled
AG Saugmandsgaard Øe Is Article 17 of Directive 2019/790 (DSMD) compatible with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights , notably its Article 11 and the principle of freedom of expression and information? According to Poland, the answer should be in the negative. Indeed, shortly after the adoption of the Directive in 2019, this country lodged a complaint ( C-401/19 ) before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), seeking the partial or - as a subsidiary claim - complete annulment of the provision. This morning, Advocate General (AG) Saugmandsgaard Øe released his Opinion , advising the Court to rule that Article 17 is compatible with the Charter and should not be annulled. All this is true insofar as the monitoring obligations of online content sharing service providers (OCSSPs) are circumscribed by sufficient safeguards, which the provision itself contains, so to minimize the impact of the resulting filtering activities on users’ freedom of expression and information.