ZVEI, its Euroepan umbrella organisation DigitalEurope and other digital associations across Europe are publishing a joint letter on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The legislative proposal which was presented by the European Commission aims to improving the fairness and competitiveness of the digital market.
We acknowledge the DMA as a fundamental element of the EU digital strategy due to its combining aspect of fairness and competitiveness. However, we criticize different non-evidence based impulses trying to expand the scope. We call for a greater legal certainty through a clearer wording of the scope. It must be clear to the members of ZVEI whether they are covered by the scope or not, otherwise there is a risk of collateral damage. Including of all operating systems within the scope, even those that are only product-related- such as them of Smart-TVs - goes too far.
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union are treating the DMA in an ordinary legislative procedure. The Council has already agreed on a negotiating position. The vote in the European Parliament is still pending. An agreement is expected in the course of December, so that trilogue negotiations might start in 2022.