The implementation of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), a first-of-its-kind legislation within the realm of EU economic regulation, will be a complex task. Crucial decisions that will determine the success of the Act in creating contestability in digital markets will be brought upon in the implementation phase.
The Commission should designate the gatekeepers subjected to the rules by September 2023, and the designated gatekeeper platforms will have to share how they envisage compliance with the Commission, which has exclusive competence to enforce the rules. The Commission will need to adopt a novel role as an enforcer of sector-specific regulation and will need to closely coordinate with national authorities, all of which raises institutional design questions. Industry players will also play a central role, not only when it comes to compliance reports but also in the integration of third parties in the process.
CERRE has released a series of issue papers as part of a wide-ranging project entitled the ‘Effective and Proportionate Implementation of the DMA’ that looks at several groups of provisions, the regulatory principles guiding implementation, and the surrounding issues of institutional design and supervision. Through a collaborative approach with key stakeholders, experts disentangle the trade-offs and the remaining open questions to produce a set of recommendations on how to best move forward.
The project will conclude with a hybrid, public event that will explore the DMA obligations and the enforcement procedure in light of the DMA’s overarching goals of contestability and fairness. Join us on Wednesday 11 January between 13:45-17:30, in Brussels or online, for a stimulating discussion with the representatives from the European institutions, national regulators, industry players, and the CERRE academic team.
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Presentation by Richard Feasey, CERRE Senior Advisor; and Giorgio Monti, CERRE Research Fellow, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
Presentation of the CERRE DMA Recommendations by Alexandre de Streel, CERRE Academic Director, and Martin Peitz, CERRE Research Fellow, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
Presentation of the CERRE DMA Recommendations by Alexandre de Streel, CERRE Academic Director, and Marc Bourreau, CERRE Academic Co-Director, followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A
Bruno Liebhaberg is Director General of the think tank Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) which he founded in 2010. From 2018 to 2021, he was also the first Chairman of the European Union Observatory on the Online Platform Economy. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles’ Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM ULB) where he taught from 1979 to 2018. Earlier in his career, he advised former European Commission President Jacques Delors on industry and R&D matters related to the completion of the EU Single Market. He holds a Master in Management Sciences from SBS-EM ULB and a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Alexandre de Streel is the Academic Director of the digital research programme at CERRE and Professor of European law at the University of Namur where he chairs the Namur Digital Institute (NADI). Alexandre is also visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and SciencesPo Paris. Besides, he chairs the expert group on the online platform economy advising the European Commission and is a part-time judge at the Belgian Competition Authority.
His main areas of research are regulation and competition policy in the digital economy as well as the legal issues raised by the developments of artificial intelligence.
Previously, Alexandre held visiting positions at New York University Law School, European University Institute in Florence, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and University of Louvain. He also worked for the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, the Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union and the European Commission.
Richard Feasey is a CERRE Senior Adviser, an Inquiry Chair at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and Member of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.
He lectures at University College and Kings College London and the Judge Business School.
He has previously been an adviser to the UK Payments Systems Regulator, the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee and to various international legal and economic advisory firms.
He was Director of Public Policy for Vodafone plc between 2001 and 2013.
Giorgio Monti is a CERRE Research Fellow and Professor of Competition Law at Tilburg Law School.
He began his career in the UK (Leicester 1993-2001 and London School of Economics (2001-2010) before taking up the Chair in competition law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2010-2019). While at the EUI he helped establish the Florence Competition Program which carries out research and training for judges and executives. He also served as Head of the Law Department at the EUI.
His principal field of research is competition law, a subject he enjoys tackling from an economic and a policy perspective.
Together with Damian Chalmers and Gareth Davies he is a co-author of European Union Law: Text and Materials (4th ed, Cambridge University Press, 2019), one of the major texts on the subject. He is one of the editors of the Common Market Law Review.
Professor Martin Peitz is a former CERRE Research Fellow and Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. He is also a Director of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation.
His policy research focuses on digital markets, regulation, and competition economics.
Martin holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bonn.
Marc Bourreau is a Academic Co-Director at CERRE and Professor of Economics at Télécom Paris (Institut Polytechnique de Paris). He is affiliated with the interdisciplinary institute for innovation (i3) for his research.
His research focuses on competition policy and regulation, digital markets, and telecommunications.
Marc holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Paris Panthéon Assas.
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