Can the UK Keep Up with Europe on Digital Competition?

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Series Details Number 144
Publication Date June/July 2022
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EU law-makers were putting the finishing touches to the Digital Markets Act – a landmark law that would upend big tech firms’ business models to improve competition online. In the UK, however, regulators, Ministers and many law-makers were frustrated. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was convinced that dominant tech firms were overcharging users and stifling innovation. For years, experts had recommended new digital competition laws to better address the problem. But in the 2022 Queen’s speech – which set out the government’s legislative priorities for the coming year – the government delayed tabling these new laws.

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European Commission: COM (2020) 842: Proposal for a Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act)
EUI: RSCAS Policy Briefs: 2021/49: Digital markets act in the making : challenges and potential of the new EU regulation on big tech

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