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Parliamentary questions
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2 August 2018
Question for written answer P-004223-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nadja Hirsch (ALDE)

 Subject:  Apple Pay — Apple must make its near-field communication (NFC) interface accessible to third-party providers
 Answer in writing 

Apple has announced that it will offer its Apple Pay payment service in Germany before the end of the year. To date, however, it has not made the NFC interface integrated into its devices accessible to other financial service providers.

Should that continue to be the case, Apple device owners will still have no choice of payment service provider and will only be able to use Apple Pay.

In the light of the above:
1. How does the Commission view the fact that, at present, Apple does not make the interface in its devices accessible to other payment service providers?
2. How does the Commission view that from a competition law perspective, having regard to the launch of Apple Pay by Apple?
3. Is the Commission planning to take action against Apple in order to prompt it to make the interface accessible to third-party financial service providers?
Original language of question: DE 
Last updated: 7 August 2018Legal notice