In a blog post about the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposal, the European consumer organisation BEUC has called for an interoperability obligation for the gatekeeper’s core services rather than only for ancillary services.
“The DMA should allow the possibility to impose effective interoperability requirements,” the consumer group said. BEUC argues that the DMA should make it possible, for example, that a competing social media network, for example, can “allow consumers to post messages from their social media network to e.g. Facebook.”
The European Commission’s DMA proposal only envisages interoperability for so-called ancillary services like mobile payment or other on-top services. This would not enable newcomers to compete on the merits and dethrone big tech firms in their markets. BEUC’s call echoes similar demands voiced by the European Parliament, the European Data Protection Supervisor, and civil society organisations across Europe.
Jan Penfrat is Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi).