Proposed ex-ante digital tool for EU to reflect Dutch significant market power mechanism – PaRR Benelux

20 November 2019 - 12:00 am UTC

A proposed ex-ante tool for monitoring digital markets which would allow competition regulators to impose remedies absent an infringement is based in part on the Dutch regulator’s significant market power mechanism, the head of the Dutch agency said in Brussels today (20 November).

The Autoriteit Consument en Markt (ACM) has significant experience imposing remedies in the telecoms sector absent infringement proceedings through the use of its significant market power regime, said Martin Snoep, head of the authority at a PaRR Benelux event.

Snoep said that the idea – outlined in a joint memorandum by the three Benelux authorities– is to create a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution at the EU level that would allow the European Commission (EC) to investigate fast moving markets and to impose remedies, preferably through a negotiated outcome, without opening infringement proceedings.

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