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  • The e-commerce sector inquiry at a glance

    Earlier this month, the European Commission published the preliminary findings of its e-commerce sector inquiry launched in May 2015 as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The objective of the sector inquiry was to obtain an understanding of the market and to gather evidence on potential barriers to competition linked to the growth of…

  • Enforcing European competition rules: the power of joined-up thinking

    Last week Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager launched a public consultation to see whether National Competition Authorities (NCAs) require more robust tools in order to effectively enforce EU competition law on the ground (see our blog for more information). Today (20 November) at the London School of Economics she said that ”it’s not about the rules,…

  • Telecoms review consultation: wide in scope and a challenge to deliver?

    Europe is having a closer look at its telecom rules after the European Commission asked industry last Friday how they envision telecoms rules and Europe’s broadband needs beyond 2020 in two separate public consultations. With the rules on net neutrality and roaming still to be adopted by Council and the European Parliament, Telcos and Internet…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry: a new round of questionnaires has been distributed

    Even though Brussels feels abandoned, certain areas resembling a movie set from a post-apocalypse movie, the E-commerce sector inquiry is ongoing. Chasing down all competition concerns in the e-commerce sector, the Commission has sent out a new round of questionnaires focusing on online marketplaces that act as hubs for independent traders (e.g Amazon.com or eBay).…

  • The e-commerce ‘hard data’ sector inquiry by the more ‘open-minded’ DG COMP

    If you had been in Brussels over the last few weeks, you will have witnessed an unusual phenomenon. Special envoys from the heart of competition enforcement in Brussels have been sallying out, rather like an evangelising force, carrying the good news of open engagement on a sector inquiry. Witness therefore a number of events in…

  • It’s high time to modernise digital trade rules

    The digitalization of trade is transforming what we understand as “traditional trade” today. Besides a constant flow of goods, services, capital and people, a seamless cross-border flow of data is becoming absolutely necessary for competitive production, underpinning whole value chains across all sectors of our economy. This economic transformation is as significant to our age…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry finally launched

    On the same day as the Digital Single Market package was announced, the EU competition watchdog, Commissioner Vestager, launched the long awaited e-commerce sector inquiry that companies from all sectors and industries were waiting for with bated breath. FTI Consulting Brussels’ competition team already published a snapshot exploring the background of the Commission’s e-commerce sector…

  • The Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy

    Announcing the DSM strategy in Brussels on 6 May, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, together with Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger, have outlined their strategy for 2015-2016. It is a highly ambitious roadmap which is likely to have a major impact across the EU and beyond, not just…

  • The European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: Focused. Ambitious. Effective?

    FTI hosts event captivating initial reactions to the Commission’s announcement One day after the Commission announced the Digital Single Market Strategy, FTI Consulting invited three speakers from the European Commission, European Parliament and the tech industry to debate the key challenges and opportunities the DSM faces. Having taken a leading role in drafting the DSM strategy…

  • E-COMMERCE SECTOR INQUIRY

    The Competition Commissioner has a Danish TV subscription and she said on 9 April: “When I am abroad I get a message saying ‘Sorry the content can only be watched from within Denmark.’ ” This is one example of her concern about geoblocking and why she is interested in breaking down barriers to e-commerce.  In…

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