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Jones & Sufrin's EU Competition LawText, Cases & Materials

Jones & Sufrin's EU Competition Law: Text, Cases & Materials (8th edn)

Brenda Sufrin, Niamh Dunne, and Alison Jones
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date: 19 June 2024

p. 120716. EU Competition Law and Policy in the Digital Economylocked

p. 120716. EU Competition Law and Policy in the Digital Economylocked

  • Alison Jones, Alison JonesSolicitor, Professor of Law, King’s College London
  • Brenda SufrinBrenda SufrinSolicitor, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Bristol
  •  and Niamh DunneNiamh DunneSolicitor, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics

Abstract

This chapter considers the application of the EU competition rules specifically within the digital economy. It considers: the competition dynamics that typically arise in digital markets; examples of competition enforcement in digital markets at EU level to date; and some of the enforcement challenges that arise, including the limited scope of application of the EU competition rules, the prevalence of novel or controversial theories of harm, and the speed of intervention and effectiveness of remedies that can be imposed. The chapter also explores efforts to augment the ordinary competition law framework in the digital context. In particular, it considers the provisions and implications of the Digital Markets Act, which imposes a series of prescriptive ex ante obligations on large digital gatekeepers.

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