Amazon, eBay to apply fairer practices

Photo: EP Christel Schaldemose

Amazon, eBay and other e-commerce marketplaces, plus search engines like Google Search, should put in place a set of measures to ensure that their contractual relations with online retailers, hotels and restaurants businesses, app developers, among others, are transparent and fair, said MEPs from the internal market and consumer protection committee. On 6 December, they backed a draft law that aims to improve platform-to-business relationships.

The requirements would also apply to app stores such as Apple App Store and Microsoft Store, to social media such as Facebook and Instagram, and to price comparison tools such as Skyscanner and TripAdvisor.

We have taken an important step towards achieving a fairer and more transparent digital internal market, Christel Schaldemose (S&D, DK), rapporteur on the file said. Online platforms are playing an increasingly important role in European consumers' lives, however, with more than a million enterprises trading through online platforms as well as millions of consumers, there is high risk of engaging in unfair trading practices, she asserted.

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