Digital Markets Act: compliance, self-preferencing and app stores 

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An exchange of views on the implementation of the DMA will take place on Wednesday with EC Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, independent experts and industry representatives.

On Wednesday at 9.00, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will host an exchange of views on the implementation process of the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The discussion will focus on the adherence to the new law, with a spotlight on changes related to self-preferencing (treating gatekeeper’s products and services more favourably than those of rivals on gatekeeper’s platform) and app stores.

When: Wednesday, 3 April 9.00 - 11.30 CEST

Where: European Parliament, Antall building, room 6Q2, Brussels

Livestream: Watch the meeting here

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager will outline the DMA implementation process and present the first compliance assessment.

The discussion will continue with a Q&A session with MEPs and invited experts, featuring:

  • Tomáš Braverman, former CEO and Brussels representative at Heureka
  • Dr. Martin Peitz, University of Mannheim
  • Bakari Middleton, Director of Global Public Policy at Epic Games
  • Dr. Ian Brown, independent consultant on Internet regulation


The DMA became applicable to designated gatekeepers Apple, Alphabet, Meta, Amazon, Microsoft and ByteDance on 7 March 2024. The legislation imposes new obligations for search engines, online marketplaces, app stores, online advertising, messaging, and gives new rights to EU businesses and end-users.

Following concerns of potential non-compliance by Alphabet, Apple and Meta, the Commission opened investigations on 25 March. In case of infringement, the Commission can impose fines of up to 10% of the company’s total worldwide turnover, or up to 20% in case of repeated offence.