Enforcement of EU competition rules in cross-border e-commerce

Workshop organised by Concurrences review in partnership with Oxera and McDermott Will & Emery.

Jacques Buhart

On 6 May 2015 the Commission launched an inquiry into the e-commerce sector. In July 2015, the Commission sent a statement of objections to Sky UK and six major US film studios alleging that certain clauses in content licensing agreements between Sky UK and those studios restrict the cross-border provision of pay TV services.

These steps indicate that the Commission is once again focusing on vertical restraints. In this respect, it is noted that over the last 15 years, no major decisions have been issued by the regulator in this area.

Unlike in the US, the EU competition rules are enforced by DG Competition in order to further the single market objective.

Where do we stand on the e-commerce sector inquiry and what will the next steps be?

Thomas Kramler

The Commission launched the sector inquiry into e-commerce because this area of the economy is of considerable relevance for many players in the market. The growth potential regarding the sale of goods or digital content is enormous (e-commerce has a growth rate of between 10 and 20%). E-commerce is also relevant for development of the single market

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