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Fairness and transparency for business users of online services [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Tambiama Madiega (2nd edition, updated on12.4.2019),

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The European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services in February 2019. Providers of online intermediation services (e.g. Amazon and eBay) and online search engines (e.g. Google search) will be required to implement a set of measures to ensure transparency and fairness in the contractual relations they have with online businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app stores), which use such online platforms to sell and provide their services to customers in the EU. The regulation, which, inter alia, harmonises transparency rules applicable to contractual terms and conditions, ranking of goods and services and access to data, is considered to be the first regulatory attempt in the world to establish a fair, trusted and innovation-driven ecosystem in the online platform economy. Now that Member States’ and Parliament’s negotiators have endorsed the compromise text, the political agreement must be voted in plenary by the European Parliament and formally adopted by the Council to complete the legislative procedure.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2018) 238
Rapporteur: Christel Schaldemose (S&D, Denmark) 2018/0112(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Philippe Juvin (EPP, France)
Daniel Dalton (ECR, United Kingdom)
Dita Charanzová (ALDE, Czech Republic)
Dennis De Jong (GUE/NGL, the Netherlands)
Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Marco Zullo (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

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