The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomed today’s
adoption by the IMCO Committee of the proposal for a contestable and fair
markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act), which will regulate the
behaviour of digital platforms acting as gatekeepers between business users and
their customers in the EU. Given their economic power and control over entire
digital ecosystems, it is very challenging for rivals and new market entrants
to compete and for competition authorities to intervene properly.
Renew Europe believes that all businesses operating in the
European Single Market, whether they are big or small, should be able to
compete online freely and fairly, just as they do offline. Our goal is to
prevent large digital gatekeepers from abusing their market position.
During a press conference in Strasbourg, MEP Andrus Ansip (Estonian Reform
Party), Vice-Chair of IMCO Committee and shadow rapporteur on DMA,
“The aim of the DMA is to keep the EU market harmonised, it is
an internal market tool. The DMA purpose is to ensure effective competition in
digital markets and in particular a fair and contestable online platform
environment. It is not a protectionist or an anti-American piece of
legislation. We share the goals with our US counterparts as we deal with the
same issues as the US Congress and US courts - more level playing field for our
companies and fair competition.”
Note to editors:
Amongst the key changes to the European Commission’s proposal
adopted by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee are:
- The establishment of a European High-Level Group of Digital
Regulators to ensure the consistent application of DMA.
- Web browsers, virtual assistants and connected TVs are now
part of the Core Platform Services and clearly defined.
- The gatekeeper will refrain from combining personal data for
targeted advertisement unless renewed user consent is given.
- Creates a structured complaint mechanism for competitors,
business and end-users.
- Changes the fines the Commission may impose on a gatekeeper to
a minimum of 4% and a maximum of 20% of its total worldwide turnover
(previously 0% and 10%).
The European Parliament will vote on the DMA file during its
December plenary session. If approved, the text becomes EP’s mandate to
negotiate with the Council early next year, during the French Presidency.