Members' Research Service By / May 6, 2021

Digital markets act [EU Legislation in Progress]

In December 2020, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector, otherwise referred to as the digital markets act (DMA).

© Sashkin / Adobe Stock

Written by Tambiama Madiega (2nd edition),

In December 2020, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector, otherwise referred to as the digital markets act (DMA). The proposed legislation lays down harmonised rules aimed at regulating the behaviour of digital platforms acting as gatekeepers between business users and their customers in the European Union (EU). This approach entails a shift from ex-post anti-trust intervention to ex-ante regulation, and would enshrine within EU law a set of ex-ante rules that would radically change how large digital platforms are allowed to operate in the EU.

The Council and the European Parliament agreed their positions on the DMA proposal in November and December 2021, respectively. While endorsing the proposal, both institutions adopted a number of amendments to the Commission’s text. Trilogue negotiations aiming to reach a compromise text began in January 2022.

Versions

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act)
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2020) 842
15.12.2020
Rapporteur:

Andreas Schwab (EPP, Germany)

2020/0374 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: René Repasi, (S&D, Germany)
Andrus Ansip (Renew, Estonia)
Virginie Joron (ID, France)
Marcel Kolaja (Greens/EFA, Czechia)
Virginie Joron (ID, France)Adam Bielan (ECR, Poland)
Martin Schirdewan (The Left, Germany)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Continuing trilogue negotiations


Related Articles
Comments

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: