The EU Commission publishes proposed rules for the regulation of digital services by imposing a series of ex-ante behavioral obligations on entities that are considered as ‘gatekeepers’

The European Commission has today published the long awaited Digital Markets Act proposal. The Proposed Regulation imposes a series of ex ante behavioural obligations on entities that the Commission designates as ‘gatekeepers’. The obligations for those designated platforms and the potential sanctions largely resemble behavioural remedies and fines that the European Commission might otherwise seek to impose under its competition law powers. The Commission’s enforcement action is expected to be intense, with ten on-site investigations per year and an additional 80 full time staff. What is the Digital Markets Act? The Proposed Regulation introduces new behavioural rules for digital platforms designated by the European Commission as ‘gatekeepers’ in the context of one or more ‘core platform

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Christopher Thomas, Myrto Tagara, Alexandra Bray, The EU Commission publishes proposed rules for the regulation of digital services by imposing a series of ex-ante behavioral obligations on entities that are considered as ‘gatekeepers’, 15 December 2020, e-Competitions Privacy and antitrust, Art. N° 98389

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