The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to develop its regulatory framework to facilitate more investment and innovation on the basis of fair competition while at the same time guaranteeing data sovereignty and the protection of fundamental rights of individuals and companies.
Join in: Green Paper launched for open discussion process
By introducing the Green Paper “Digital Platforms as part of its Digital Strategy 2025, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to hold a broad dialogue to discuss these aspects and possible regulatory approaches. The Green Paper sums up the current status of the discussion on rules and policies for digital platforms and was to be developed into a White Paper in early 2017. Interested parties, experts from business, academia and science, and government representatives had the possibility to submit comments by 30 September 2016; the interim results were published here: and .
Competition law in the digital age – the 9th amendment of the Act against Restraints of Competition.
By adopting the 9th amendment of the Act against Restraints of Competition on 28 September 2016, the Federal Government improved the regulatory framework governing abuse of market power and mergers. This amendment takes account of the particularities of digital markets, thereby providing effective protection against abuse of market power and guaranteeing effective control of mergers.