The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy proposes establishing a Digital Agency for the regulation of digital markets

Germany suggests ramping up regulation of digital platforms by establishing Digital Agency with robust antitrust mandate* Will Germany establish a “Digital Agency” to monitor compliance with competition law rules in digital markets? Will a German “Digital Antitrust Enforcer” become a role model for a European protectionist approach against American and Asian platform providers? The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy seems to see a pressing need for regulation in digital markets. The White Paper “Digital Platforms”, published on the 20 March 2017, provides an outlook on possible forms of digital regulatory policy in Germany and potentially also in Europe. Of particular interest from a competition law perspective is the proposal to

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  • Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
  • Hogan Lovells (Munich)

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Falk Schöning, Christian Ritz, The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy proposes establishing a Digital Agency for the regulation of digital markets, 20 March 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2017, Art. N° 83696

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