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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (debate)

  Dita Charanzová, on behalf of the ALDE Group. – Mr President, the key to any business is honesty and transparency with your consumers, but also with your business partners. This regulation ensures this needed greater transparency, while not imposing unneeded over—regulation on platforms and traders. Online commerce is the future of our economy and we must not destroy our European players in a misguided attempt to attack the international ones.

The path to hell is paved with good intentions. Some in this House saw this regulation as a political tool, as a way to change competition policy through the back door. I am pleased that in the end common sense has prevailed and I can only thank the rapporteur in this regard. She had the courage to seek a good and balanced agreement over fighting for one which would have had a negative effect on our economy and the digital single market. This is why the ALDE Group will support the trilogue outcome tomorrow at the votes, and I encourage both platforms and traders to use this new transparency to its greatest extent. It is only by adopting best practices and effective self-regulation that this market can continue to be fair to all. I fear if platforms don’t use this chance that they will not get another one.

Last updated: 9 July 2019Legal notice