The EU Commission publishes new obligations and sanctions for digital gatekeepers

The debate about competition issues and unfair practices specific to online platforms and the appropriate tools to tackle them was taken a step further by the European Commission (‘Commission’), which presented two legislative proposals on 15 December 2020: The Digital Services Act (‘DSA’) and the Digital Markets Act (‘DMA’). While the former is intended to regulate online content and increase transparency and accountability, the latter is intended to ensure contestable and fair markets in the digital sector by imposing limits (and potentially sanctions) on so-called ‘gatekeepers’. This post focuses on the latter. The DMA is the confirmation that, from the Commission’s point of view, the competition law toolbox does not perfectly address the new challenges encountered in the digital sector.

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  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Paris)
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Brussels)

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Marie-Laure Combet, Boris Marschall, The EU Commission publishes new obligations and sanctions for digital gatekeepers, 15 December 2020, e-Competitions December 2020, Art. N° 98654

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