The EU's Commissioner Claims The US Commerce Secretary Is Lobbying

Published on 17 Dec 2021

Thierry Breton, the EU's interior markets commissioner, said that a top United States official has been fighting on Big Tech's behalf — despite the EU's acceptance of a draught regulation to limit the dominance of American technology corporations.

This has coincided with a trans-Atlantic resentment between government personnel. Breton said that Gina Raimondo, the Secretary of Commerce of the United States, has been advocating in favor of Big Tech.

According to the Financial Times, Raimondo has stated this week that European regulations have unfairly targeted multinational technology corporations. According to the Financial Times, Breton claimed he was "surprised" to find that she had been articulating those concerns publicly, given they had previously discussed it privately.

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EU's Commissioner Demands 'Fair Play' 

Breton said that the CEOs of major technology firms, such as Google and Facebook, were in possession of his mobile phone number and have always been welcome to contact him. He said that the corporations had also participated in the executive conversations that took place prior to the release of the EU draught standards. He said that they had had the opportunity to "raise their concerns."

"We could talk about it," he added. "As a result, we don't need any further lobbying."

The president proceeded on to say that he would not meddle with the United States' discussion over how to handle Big Tech, but that he believed there should be "a balanced method of fair play" for all parties involved. The latest events come as the European Parliament has reached a deal on the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which incorporates provisions to prohibit huge platforms from using anti-competitive language, such as emphasizing their own services or goods over those of a rival.

More information may be found at UK Regulator Advocates Change to Google and Apple's 'Vice-Like Grip' over Mobile App Ecosystems. Furthermore, large platforms such as Facebook and Google will be obliged to submit their data among smaller competitors.

As per to officials in the United Kingdom, they are investigating methods to reduce the "vice-like hold" that Apple and Google have on mobile devices. According to a report published on December 14 by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the humongous bottleneck in phone devices causes individuals to abandon out, with the aforementioned companies wielding too much power due to their extensive portfolios of computer systems, app stores, as well as web browsers, among others.


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