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Parliamentary questions
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27 January 2020
E-000440/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eva Kaili
 Subject: Apple's dominance in the app market and EU competition law

According to claims by several European companies like the Nordic publisher Schibsted and digital music company Spotify, Apple is  probably systematically abusing its dominance in the app market. In Sweden, the iPhone has a market share of 48 % and a large number of Schibsted readers use Apple products to access news. Apple requests a 15-30 % cut of digital content revenues for any subscriptions sold through its app while also retaining the customer data for these sign-ups, meaning that publishers can’t their tailor services or target readers. Furthermore, Apple ties its payment system to access to the iOS ecosystem and justifies its actions by claiming to offer extended visibility to brands which are already established in European markets. Spotify filed a complaint against Apple to the Commission in March 2019.

What actions has the Commission taken or is willing to take to investigate Apple’s possible violations of EU competition law?

When will it change current competition law in order to include broader or different issues that arise from new business models and possible online dominance, with new metrics to measure their power over our data?

 

Original language of question: EL
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