The EU Commission launches a consultation on proposals for a competition tool and the Digital Services Act package

On 2 June 2020, the European Commission launched a consultation on proposals for a new competition tool (NCT) and the Digital Services Act (DSA) package. If enacted, they would represent a significant change in competition enforcement in the EU, and a major step-up in the regulatory rules and oversight of the digital economy. In this article, we set out some initial thoughts on the proposals from an economic perspective and discuss some relevant considerations for consistent, proportionate and effective policies that may lead to better consumer outcomes. Introduction The recent Commission impact assessment publications cover three distinct regulatory initiatives. One proposes an ex ante regulatory framework for ‘large online platforms benefitting from significant network effects and

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Andrew Mell, Felipe Florez Duncan, Avantika Chowdhury, The EU Commission launches a consultation on proposals for a competition tool and the Digital Services Act package, 2 June 2020, e-Competitions June 2020, Art. N° 101057

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