The EU General Court registers a complaint by a major digital platform against the Commission for allowing a parallel investigation by the Italian Competition Authority to continue while there is already an ongoing European Economic Area investigation (Amazon)

1. The revolution of digital platforms Digital platforms have burst onto the market in recent years. There is no doubt that their ability to offer a large variety of products and services, the ease of use by retailers and consumers, and the reduction of investment and search costs involved, provides them with a preferential and privileged position as a distribution channel. Undoubtedly, one of the main players that has emerged as a result of market digitization is Amazon. The growth of the US company in recent years has been very significant; in 2020 it became the fourth largest company in the world by market capitalization, overtaking one of its main competitors, Alibaba, which ranked sixth. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a decline of purchases in brick and mortar

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José Rivas, Candela Sotés Macaya, The EU General Court registers a complaint by a major digital platform against the Commission for allowing a parallel investigation by the Italian Competition Authority to continue while there is already an ongoing European Economic Area investigation (Amazon), 19 January 2021, e-Competitions Cooperation between National Competition Authorities, Art. N° 99981

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