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How will the Digital Markets Act impact SMEs’ ability to grow and innovate?

Tuesday, 18 May 2021


Adina Claici
Copenhagen Economics, Managing Director Brussels
Benedikt Blomeyer
Director of EU Policy, Allied for Startups
Ivan Štefanec
Member of the European Parliament, European People’s Party; President of SME Europe
Morgane Taylor
EU Membership Manager, ACT The App Association


Andreas Aktoudianakis
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

The European Policy Centre (EPC), in partnership with Apple will host an online roundtable on the European Commission’s proposal for a Digital Markets Act and its potential impact on SMEs. This is the second event in our joint project: A fair and thriving EU digital ecosystem: Designing policies that increase EU growth and EU-US cooperation.
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) will spell out a wide range of obligations for large online platforms that qualify as gatekeepers. Increasing the responsibilities of larger platforms can encourage better safeguards and transparency for consumers and foster greater competition and growth in the Digital Single Market (DSM). But SMEs and app-developers are concerned that the obligations intended for gatekeepers in the DSM could also have a negative impact on them. This roundtable discussion will focus on the impact that DMA rules could have on the business models of SMEs seeking active in the EU’s DSM. The potential challenges for gatekeeper’s business models could have a ‘knock-on effect’ on the SME business model, opportunities to scale up, and the future of SMEs in the Digital Single Market.
The discussion will take place under the Chatham House rule.
If you would like to join this event, please email Grace Carter.

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