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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Question Time (Commission)

  Ivo Belet (PPE). (NL) Madam President, this afternoon, Apple indeed announced that it wants to offer a new model to its subscribers, but it is clear that it wants to take advantage of its market position, no matter whether it is in the dominant market position or not, in order to get its hands on customer information which is at the disposal of publishers. In the long term, this could be particularly detrimental to publishers in Europe, as well as to media pluralism.

I would therefore like to ask you whether you are prepared to act, regardless of whether or not this is a case of dominant position, and when you are going to take the initiative, if at all. In other words, could you explain what timescale you have in mind for this? Is the Commission taking the initiative going to be a question of weeks or a question of months?

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