An EU official said on Thursday that the EU digital chief has invited companies including Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Facebook to have a video conversation next week to discuss a draft rule limiting power.
High-tech companies and online platforms have lobbied extensively to invalidate the proposed regulatory rules. Thierry Breton, the internal market specialist in charge of digital supervision, will formally attend the meeting with the competition specialist Margrethe Vestager on December 9.
Prior to this, the November 24 video conference will discuss the proposed rules, which are called the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Market Act (DMA).
People familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that some companies believe that the discussion will not cause changes in the later stages.
DMA provides a series of things to do for online gatekeepers, such as sharing data with competitors and regulators, instead of doing things that don’t like their services.
People familiar with the matter said that Breton has invited the CEOs of about 20 companies, including Microsoft, Booking.com, Expedia, Trivago, and DuckDuckGo. It is not clear whether the CEO will participate or send senior management personnel.
Before the final draft is passed, Breton needs feedback from EU countries and the European Parliament, and this process may take a year or more.
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