Geradin Partners sets up Platform Law Practice

Brussels, 12 May 2020 Digital platforms like search engines, social networks, online marketplaces or app stores have dramatically changed our lives and brought considerable benefits. Their role is likely to grow in importance as we move deeper in the digital era. At the same time, there are growing concerns that digital markets are dominated by … Continue reading Geradin Partners sets up Platform Law Practice

European Commission issues terms of reference for study on “platforms with significant network effects acting as gatekeepers”

Last week, the terms of reference ("ToR") of the above-mentioned study started circulating in Brussels. While Christian Borggreen of the big tech's lobby CCIA criticized this planned study as a "political hitjob", I have a more positive view of it. As the Commission has to assess the impact of all its legislative proposal, there is … Continue reading European Commission issues terms of reference for study on “platforms with significant network effects acting as gatekeepers”

Why is ex ante regulation of systemic online platforms needed on top of competition law?

One of the hottest issues on the agenda of the European Commission with respect to Europe’s Digital Future relates to whether certain online platforms – generally referred to as “gatekeepers” or “systemic platforms” – should be subject to ex ante regulation designed to control their market power and ensure the contestability of digital markets. Speaking before the European Parliament’s Internal Market … Continue reading Why is ex ante regulation of systemic online platforms needed on top of competition law?