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Network Industries

Pierpaolo Settembri, ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’ – Online platforms meet the European Union

The working paper ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’ – Online platforms meet the European Union‘ is authored by Pierpaolo Settembri […] read more

Network Industries

Andriychuk, O. “Fighting Fire with Fire. On the Role of Internet Service Providers in Restoring Competition in Online Platforms”

The paper “Fighting Fire with Fire. On the Role of Internet Service Providers in Restoring Competition in Online Platforms” (Andriychuk, O.) will be presented at the 8th Conference […] read more

Network Industries

Ducuing, C. “Conceptualizing digital infrastructure: a study of data sharing legal regimes in the field of network industries”

The paper “Conceptualizing digital infrastructure: a study of data sharing legal regimes in the field of network industries” (Ducuing, C.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on […] read more

Network Industries

Bostoen, F. “Are online platforms the new utilities—and should they be regulated as such? Inspiration from over 100 years of telecommunications regulation”

The paper “Are online platforms the new utilities—and should they be regulated as such? Inspiration from over 100 years of telecommunications regulation” (Bostoen, F.) will be presented […] read more

Transport

Bock, B., Fechner, A.*, Klein, A., Wolf, A. “Transparency of Routing Service Platforms and Potential for Segregation and Manipulation”

The paper “Transparency of Routing Service Platforms and Potential for Segregation and Manipulation” (Bock, B., Fechner, A.*, Klein, A., Wolf, A. ) will be presented at […] read more

Network Industries

Heim, M., Nikolic, I.* “A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms”

The paper “A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms” (Heim, M., Nikolic, I.*) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, […] read more

Water

Klien, M. “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation”

The paper “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation” (Klein, M.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, 2019). ABSTRACT We analyse […] read more

Communications & Media

Atik, C. “Data Ownership and Data Portability in the Digital Agriculture Sector: A Proposal to Address Novel Challenges”

The paper “Data Ownership and Data Portability in the Digital Agriculture Sector: A Proposal to Address Novel Challenges” (Atik, C.) will be presented at the 8th Conference […] read more

Water

Porcher., S. “Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead”

The paper “Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead” (Porcher., S.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of […] read more

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Pierpaolo Settembri, ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’ – Online platforms meet the European Union

- Network Industries

The working paper ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’ – Online platforms meet the European Union‘ is authored by Pierpaolo Settembri and based on his keynote speech during the 7th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures which took place in Fiesole, Italy on 21 June 2018. The Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures is the annual event that brings together all the Areas of the Florence School of Regulation. The 8th edition, taking place on 20-21 June 2019 in Fiesole, aims to identify the key challenges of digitalisation for traditional network industries; discover various regulatory approaches to platforms and determine benefit scenarios for consumers and to the platforms itself.

ABSTRACT

For many years, the European Union (EU) has treated online platforms like any other business, using existing policy tools and regulatory approaches whenever it interacted with them. More recently, but especially during the Juncker Commission (2014-2019), this position has evolved significantly. In fact, the EU should be credited for being the first political system to have developed legislation exclusively targeting online platforms. This transition has been incremental and is far from concluded. But as the emergence of online platforms has called for dedicated regulation, it has also exposed the limits of the EU to deal with them, especially in terms of competence. While neither the EU nor its Member States have, on their own, the necessary tools and resources to regulate online platforms effectively and holistically, they cannot avoid working together if they are to preserve the integrity of the single market, one of Europe’s greatest assets.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pierpaolo Settembri is an EU official currently working at the European Commission. He writes in a personal capacity and his opinions do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission.

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