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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Andreas Schwab, Nicola Danti, Paul Tang, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, Carmen Avram
 Subject: Adapting the essential facility doctrine to the digital age

Digital platforms are expanding. They are growing in every direction and are therefore gathering more and more data.

There is therefore is a need to adapt the well-known concept of essential facility to the digital age.

The concept of essential facility should be examined with specific reference to new emerging challenges, which are data and platforms. The latter can be considered as the new facility (i.e. the ’input’) that is indispensable for digital markets.

Some players have a dominant position on a particular market because of their gathering and use of data. This means that they may abuse their dominant position in one market by illegally using their advantage on another data-based market.

Is the Commission aware of this development?

Has it gathered new information since the e-commerce sector inquiry?

When will it come up with a way to prevent dominant players in data-driven markets from using their unfair advantage in other data-driven markets?

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