The EU Commission publishes a proposal of the Digital Markets Act to regulate the so-called "gatekeeper platforms"

Shaken, not stirred: EU mixes big tech regulation and antitrust* On December 15, 2020, the European Commission (EC) published its long-awaited legislative proposal to regulate so-called “gatekeeper platforms,” the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA will create a new framework to identify gatekeeper platforms; require or proscribe certain gatekeeper practices; and give the EC new powers to conduct investigations and impose both behavioral and structural remedies, such as divestitures. According to the EC, gatekeeper platforms benefit from extreme scale economies, very strong network effects, a significant degree of user dependence, lock-in effects, a lack of multi-homing for the same purpose by end users, vertical integration, and data driven-advantages. These characteristics make users

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Jay Modrall, The EU Commission publishes a proposal of the Digital Markets Act to regulate the so-called "gatekeeper platforms", 15 December 2020, e-Competitions December 2020, Art. N° 99435

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