We advocate for the inclusion of an "interoperability requirement" for gatekeepers in the Digital Markets Act.

As a representative of SMEs in the ​European Internet industry, we strongly support open and competitive digital markets.

Large gatekeeper platforms are dominant across different fields, e.g. search and browser, app stores and operating systems, or social media and instant messaging. Their dominance allows them to attract ever-more users and collect more data about customers, which confirms their dominance even more.

With this open letter to the Members of the European Parliament, several companies are joining forces to ask for stronger interoperability requirements in the upcoming Digital Markets Act. The Digital Markets Act, like the GDPR, will set the global standard for online competition. A strong interoperability requirement would give European firms the chance to compete fairly in markets currently dominated by US businesses, and provide genuine choice for Europeans in services that better protect their rights and democratic values.

An interoperability requirement for “gatekeeper” firms would give a fair chance for new market entrants to compete on the merits of their services. This would allow Europe to compete effectively in digital markets where incumbent companies already have extremely large user bases, and give European end-users the benefit of the increased choice and innovation that competition would bring.

This would ensure, for example, that Europeans concerned with data protection, or with the content curation algorithms by dominant social media services, would genuinely have alternatives “just a click away”. It would also give European SMEs, larger businesses and public administrations greater choice, more efficiency, and lower costs because they would enjoy a wider range of suppliers to choose from for each task, and the possibility to obtain equipment, services and systems more closely adapted to their specific needs.

We hope that you join this cause and sign the letter. For any questions about this campaign, please contact Annika at a.linck@digitalsme.eu.

RSS Interoperability News

  • The GDPR, Privacy and Monopoly June 18, 2021
    Critics of interoperability (including the dominant firms targeted by interoperability proposals) emphasize the fact that weakening a tech platform’s ability to control its users weakens its power to defend its users. They’re not wrong, but they’re not complete either.
    Gerben
  • Can interoperable apps ever be secure? May 27, 2021
    In discussions around interoperability, some people question whether it can go hand in hand with privacy and encryption of communications. If multiple services and applications have to work together, how […]
    Gerben
  • European consumers confirm need for effective interoperability in DMA April 30, 2021
    BEUC, representing the interests of consumers in 32 European countries, has confirmed its support for effective interoperability provisions for core services in the EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA). While […]
    Jonathan Todd
  • Real reasons behind Apple’s strong opposition to interoperability confirmed April 16, 2021
    Just as the EU is deliberating on whether to include interoperability requirements in the proposed Digital Markets Act, explicit details have emerged (link in German) of how Apple’s opposition to […]
    Jonathan Todd
  • Interoperability as a tool to challenge platform power and protect human rights April 14, 2021
    It is difficult to imagine a world where we would not be able to communicate between different telecommunication or email providers. However, this is the current reality for social networking […]
    Jan Penfrat