The EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy announces a potential inquiry in the e-commerce sector

On 26 March 2015, the European Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, announced a potential competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. According to the Commission, the proposed inquiry is aimed at identifying and resolving cross-border barriers to e-commerce in digital content and goods, including technical barriers such as geo-blocking. The Commissioner plans to put forward the proposal in the coming weeks to the Commission, and envisages that the preliminary results would be available in mid-2016. As part of the inquiry, the EU Commission (the “Commission”) intends to collect information from a large number of companies across the EU, including holders of content rights, broadcasters, manufacturers, online merchants, and companies running online

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  • General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
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Ian Forrester, Börries Ahrens, James Killick, The EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy announces a potential inquiry in the e-commerce sector, 26 March 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2015, Art. N° 73741

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