The digital markets act: Improving its institutional design

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The Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a major policy initiative to regulate platform gatekeepers in a more systematic manner than under competition law. This paper reflects on the institutional set-up in the Commission proposal. While the DMA is well-designed, this paper recommends improvement in the following aspects: (i) matching the DMA’s objectives with obligations imposed on gatekeepers; (ii) facilitating a regulatory dialogue; (iii) streamlining the enforcement pyramid; (iv) emphasising the role of private enforcement; (iv) clarifying the role of competition law when the DMA applies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-101
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Competition and Regulatory Law Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Digital Markets Act
  • DMA
  • responsive regulation
  • private enforcement


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