The event addresses EU policies that affect online platforms and digital business models.
Modern online platforms are a market-driven cure to the imperfections of the EU’s incomplete Single Market. The ascent of the platform economy has been a boon for the European economy. And yet, all the big and famous digital platforms have probably got the message by now: European policymakers don’t like them very much.
Given this context, we would like to discuss the following questions:
- What is the economic impact of online platforms in the EU?
- What explains EU policymakers’ hostility against modern digital platforms?
- Should online platforms be considered a threat to marketplace competition in the EU?
- Are online platforms overly exposed to rent-seeking activities?
- And are policymakers actually right in defending old approaches of regulation in the light of dynamic markets?
Please join a conversation with Fredrik Erixon, Director, ECIPE, Matthias Bauer, Senior Economist, ECIPE, David Jevons, Partner, Oxera, Oxford (UK), and an Expert Digitalisation and Single Market Policies, European Commission (tbc).