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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

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

  Julia Reda, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, in principle, platforms are a great opportunity for small European business. Whether it’s a person who works as a software developer or somebody selling their own products, platforms make it possible for the small players to compete with the big players and to reach customers that they would otherwise never have reached, which is sometimes perhaps also a reason why some big European companies wanted to extend this regulation more than is reasonable. But platforms do become a problem when network effects make them so large that they can dictate unfair terms to their business customers.

We have achieved a regulation that provides transparency and fairness in the platform market, and I think it’s to a great extent testimony to the steady hand of the rapporteur, Mrs Schaldemose, who has ensured that there is no free ride for platforms but that there are also no unreasonable obligations that would kill the small players in the European market, who are very important for European businesses.

So I would really like to thank all who have contributed on this work. It’s great to see that there can be such great consensus on the platforms file.

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