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The Rule of Law at Risk: The Dark Side of the Digital Markets Act

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From the journal ORDO


The Digital Markets Act is a new European Regulation which entered into force on October 2022. It will apply to “gatekeepers”, namely undertakings providing core platform services, with the aim of fostering “fairness” and “contestability” in the digital sector. If these objectives appear at first sight both relevant and legitimate, this paper sheds light on the dark side of this Regulation by arguing that it will undermine the Rule of Law. Indeed, for several reasons which will be discussed, the Digital Markets Act will impede or limit the respect of principles which are deeply rooted in the legal tradition of European countries. This leads to an important question: is the cure worse than the disease?

JEL-Classification: A12; B11; B13; B25; B53; K21; K40; L40


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Published Online: 2023-11-20
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