Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Digital Upgrade of German Antitrust Law – Blueprint for Regulating Systemic Platforms in Europe and Beyond?
Thomas Hoppner, Technical University Wildau; Hausfeld RA LLP asks Digital Upgrade of German Antitrust Law – Blueprint for Regulating Systemic Platforms in Europe and Beyond?
ABSTRACT: 2019 was the year of large-scale scientific reports on competition policy in the digital era.In January 2020, the German government translated these preparatory works into action and published the first fully-fledged legislative proposal for reforming competition law, tellingly dubbed the “Digitalization Act.” Addressing issues such as data access and portability, cross-market leveraging, and intermediation power, the Draft Bill lifts the German competition law into the 21st century. The bill is likely to also influence some debates in other European and non-European countries on regulatory reforms in the tech area.