The Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a ground-breaking piece of EU regulation, imposing rules on platforms acting as “gatekeepers” in the digital sector, and aiming to ensure fairness and contestability in digital markets. It will enter into force on 1 November 2022, setting the clock running for gatekeepers to comply. In summary, it introduces ex ante regulation of gatekeepers’ practices, mandating a set of prohibitions and obligations largely influenced by existing EU competition law infringement decisions and investigations. However it will operate alongside, and not replace, existing EU competition rules. The rules will be of interest not just to those companies likely to be designated as digital gatekeepers, but also to those using their services. Further, companies and advisors not
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