Strengthening the Online Platform Economy

6 May 2019

14:00 - 15:30

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Claire Bury

European Commission

Deputy Director-General DG CNECT
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Hadas Gold

CNN

Reporter, European Politics, Media and Business
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Bruno Liebhaberg

EU Observatory on Online Platforms Economy

Chairman
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Matthias Bauer

ECIPE

Senior Economist
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Cecilio Madero Villarejo

European Commission

Deputy Director-General
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Irene Mandl

Eurofound

Head of Employment Unit

 

Online platforms are taking center stage in the digital economy. More than a million EU enterprises trade through online platforms in order to reach their customers. Properly regulated, they present the potential to stimulate entrepreneurship, trade, growth; and innovation although their cross-border operations are hindered by the emerging fragmentation of the single market. The online platforms dominant position as gatekeepers to the consumers implies that they hold leverage to engage in a number of harmful trading practices. By the same token, businesses also lack redress mechanisms. These issues need to be addressed to ensure fairness and trust to guarantee their continued use.