The European Commission will be the sole authority responsible for enforcing technology rules, EU countries agree
BRUSSELS, Nov. 8 (Reuters) – Representatives of EU countries have agreed that the European Commission will be the only one to enforce the new tech rules, with a limited role for national antitrust watchdogs instead of broader powers wanted for them, officials said Monday.
EU ministers will formally ratify the deal on November 25 as part of the bloc’s common position ahead of negotiations with EU lawmakers and the Commission on the draft rules known as the Digital Markets Act ( DMA) before they become law.
The DMA, proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager last year, aims to curtail the powers of the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) Google, Facebook (FB.O), Apple (AAPL) unit. O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) with a list of dos and don’ts.
German and French antitrust watchdogs and their counterparts from the other 25 EU countries in a joint letter in June pleaded for a greater role in DMA enforcement and cited their expertise in digital affairs. Read more
“The Commission is the only authority empowered to enforce this regulation,” said an EU document endorsed by an EU Council working group and consulted by Reuters.
“In order to support the Commission, Member States may empower the competent authorities responsible for enforcing competition rules to conduct investigative measures into possible breaches of supervisors’ obligations,” the document said.
He said the EU executive will have full discretion to decide whether or not to open an investigation.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; edited by Grant McCool
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