Raportul anual privind politica în domeniul concurenței
We have to recognise that the European Union has good results in the implementation of the competition policy, and the principle merit belongs to the Competition Commissioner and her staff. The report places a heavy accent on the independence of the Commission and national competition authorities but the report also says very clearly that this independence is strongly linked to the availability of human and financial resources.
However, I and many of my colleagues have concerns regarding the fast development of the digital economy and the dominance of the global technology companies. Because of their huge economies of scale these global technology companies perform like real natural monopolies. We need a framework for analysis of these global technology companies and their markets.
We think the Commission and the national competition authorities should focus human and financial resources to get the knowledge and skill to implement the competition rules in the digital economy. The Commission, national competition authorities, and we in this Parliament should understand better how digital platforms work and how competition can be introduced in this digital market.