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Regulating the gatekeepers: Brussels floats a three-pillar plan to rein in digital platforms
05 June 2020 00:00
Amazon.com, Google, Facebook and a range of global digital platforms are facing a regulatory onslaught in the EU, as the European Commission floats a plan for a comprehensive overhaul designed to tackle digital “gatekeepers,” market concentration and online services. The biggest change is a new tool to investigate markets and impose behavioral or structural remedies — even when no company has been found to be in violation of competition laws. If adopted, the suite of proposals would mark a turning point in the EU’s regulatory battle with Big Tech.
01 June 2020 20:11 by Nicholas Hirst, Lewis CroftsCompanies using algorithms to set prices & manage suppliers, as well as concentrated sectors such as mobile telephony or air transport, could be some of the surprise victims of new proposal for new EU powers.
02 June 2020 11:51 by Nicholas Hirst, Lewis Crofts, Matthew NewmanGoogle, Facebook & other Big Tech companies can expect increased EU scrutiny & a set of new regulations targeting their businesses in the bloc.
28 May 2020 14:49 by Nicholas Hirst, Lewis CroftsFacebook, Amazon.com and other tech giants could see a new watchdog emerge from EU plans to curb the power of “gatekeeper” online services.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Nicholas Hirst Chief Correspondent
Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.
Lewis Crofts Editor-In-Chief
Lewis leads MLex's editorial strategy, content direction, quality and development. He has a reputation for breaking stories and providing analysis on complex legal disputes before regulators and courts around the globe. He has also developed MLex's unrivalled coverage of competition policy, litigation, regulation, Brexit and international investigations.A graduate of Oxford University, Lewis worked in academia at the Charles University in Prague prior to becoming a journalist.