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E-commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report Heralds Renewed Enforcement by the Commission (Cooley)

The European Commission published the hotly anticipated final report of its two year E-commerce Sector Inquiry on 10 May1. As predicted by our client briefing on the Commission’s Preliminary Report, which the Commission published in September last year, the Final Report and the accompanying Staff Working Document2 largely restate the earlier Preliminary Report3 and thus leave many critical questions open. Significantly, however, the Commission has confirmed that, with the sector inquiry now concluded, it will now press ahead with targeted enforcement cases in the e-commerce sector. It has also announced a “broadened dialogue” with national competition authorities on e-commerce related enforcement to help ensure more consistent application of EU competition law in domestic cases.

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