DMA should set fair rules in the Internet world

A forthcoming European regulation, the Digital Markets Act (DMA), will have a profound impact on how businesses and their customers continue to operate online in the years to come. The Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (SP CR) understands the European Commission's desire to create an open and competitive digital market, but European rules must above all facilitate further European digitalisation. This call was made during the online event Impact of the DMA on Consumer Experience organised by the SP CR and the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Marcel Kolaja.

 On an ex-ante basis, the DMA aims to regulate major online platform service providers and set a fair playing field in European online markets, especially for SMEs and end-users of digital services. But it will be very difficult to set and balance the new rules of the game for the big online players to ensure interoperability between different service providers and to provide quality services to customers within the internal market, experts agreed at an online roundtable organised by the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic.

"Together with other experts, we agree that the newly introduced rules must facilitate further European digitalisation. They should promote an open and competitive digital market and enable small and large companies to use online tools to grow their business as easily, cost-effectively and safely as possible. This is an idea that we support at the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and it is also the reason why we are working so intensively on this regulation," said Milena Jabůrková, Vice-President, the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic.

 The DMA should not only affect big online players, but also consumers themselves. "If the new legislation is set correctly, we will achieve a higher quality of online services, encourage the creation of new solutions and bring more innovation, all under clearly set rules that are not vague and incomprehensible," added Milena Jabůrková.

The Impact of the DMA on Consumer Experience roundtable featured a wide range of speakers, including Vice-President of the European Parliament Marcel Kolaja, Petr Solský, Vice-President of the Czech Competition Authority, Elisabetta Righini, Partner at Latham & Watkins, and Petr Šmelhaus, Head of Legal, dTest. During the discussion, there were positive opinions towards the current text of the DMA, but also those warning of unintended negative impacts of the regulation on consumers and SMEs. All stakeholders then agreed that quality should be prioritised over speed when discussing a regulation with such far-reaching impacts.

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