#EIFasks on Online Platforms

#EIFasks on Online Platforms


self-regulation is not perfect so we
need to intervene and protect businesses and customers from new technologies that
we now see how the developments work with them so I think it’s important to
be able also to have some transparency portability of your data and common
rules for everybody non-discrimination I think we can do some regulation based on
principles first thing I think we have to look into the entire ecosystem we
should not jump to easy conclusions here but we have to look at the interplay
between the platform world existing and new we have to look into consumers using
those platforms we have to look into the various types of business users so
there’s lots of societal interests to be compared so that we find an optimal
solution to do this and that’s my second point is we need sound evidence we need
a deep understanding of what really is going on so that when we try to repair
one problem we don’t create two new ones the challenge is that when we’re talking
about technology it moves very fast we have companies that do all kinds of
different things so regulating it it’s not easy I think
what we need to do is to beg for you to bring us all together from industry from
government from NGOs and civil society and talk these issues through to move
forward on what I would call a Co regulatory approach to understand the
issues and then find the solutions together to create a cohesive approach
to this you need actually two things you need to be able to look at how markets
are developing how online and offline markets are merging so if you run to get
to a true cohesive approach you need to address the the activity rather than
saying you look at only platforms of on or offline businesses you need to look
at actually the the type of distribution rather than making that distinction
between offline and online markets and also I think it requires really a lot of
work and more definitions of what a platform really is if you want to
digital economy in Europe that promotes fairness and competitiveness
need to have an open platform the economy this mean that we need minimum
rules of the game in the relation between platforms and businesses those
who love the games should avoid that certain platforms become gatekeepers and
use a privileged position to impose unfair conditions on businesses so this
is where the platform regulation is an essential milestone in this relationship
and however it needs to go beyond transparency and address unfair
practices from certain platforms I think the Commission has made a useful
starting point in terms of a legislative proposal on the platform to business
regulation what we have said however is to address the substantive problems that
do exist in the market the current practices that we do see that constrain
competition limits options for customers and also tilt the balance in terms of
corporate relationships we think it’s very important to start addressing those
practices that prevent from where platforms exercise a gatekeeping role
and therefore establish some basic rules around decency in the way that we
operate and nurture well-functioning ecosystem around digital marketplace and
for the future of Europe we think that’s absolutely critical at that stage

Danny Hutson

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