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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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