Online platforms required to be more transparent with EU businesses 

Parliament will vote on the first piece of EU legislation specifically addressing platform-to-business (P2B) relations, to ensure a fair and transparent digital market.

Online intermediation services, such as e-commerce market places (e.g. Amazon, eBay) and search engines (e.g. Google Search) will have to implement a set of measures to ensure that their contractual relations with businesses (e.g. online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app developers) are transparent and fair, under a law to be put to a final vote on Wednesday.

The new rules, which will also apply to app stores (e.g. Apple App Store, Microsoft Store), social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram) and price comparison tools (e.g. Skyscanner, TripAdvisor), will require online platforms to, amongst others, explain why goods or services have been removed from search results or delisted and provide a description of the parameters determining the ranking.

More than a million EU enterprises trade via platforms to reach their customers.

Procedure: Co-decision, 1st reading agreement

2018/0112(COD)

Debate: Tuesday, 16 April

Vote: Wednesday, 17 April