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Webinar: “The EU’s Digital Markets Act: Did Politicization Trigger a Change in Legislation?” with Elena Escalante-Block

September 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location:Online with Zoom.

The Centre for European Studies at Carleton University and the Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics are pleased to host a webinar, “The EU’s Digital Markets Act: Did Politicization Trigger a Change in Legislation?” with Elena Escalante-Block, University of Antwerp.

About the webinar:

The Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a legislative proposal by the European Commission which seeks to ensure a higher degree of competition in the European digital markets. This is done by preventing large companies from abusing their market power and making sure that new players can enter the market. The DMA aims to provide the most comprehensive digital-level playing field across Europe. In particular, it aims to regulate some of the world’s largest tech firms, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.

The European Commission’s press release announcing the DMA indicated that the proposed act builds on “the Commission’s extensive experience in dealing with online markets through competition law enforcement.” This presentation aims to analyze the extent to which previous politicized competition law cases (in particular, antitrust) have influenced the way in which the DMA was written. It argues that that politicization not only serves as a trigger to re-establish or revive debate and engagement in politics, but also to conceive regulatory solutions for the challenges posed by new emerging technologies.

About the speaker:

Dr. Elena Escalante-Block is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp. Her current research forms part of the project “The Politicization of European Union Trade Agreement Negotiations”, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Elena obtained her PhD at SciencesPo Paris where she was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow. Her PhD was affiliated with the PLATO project, a European training network focusing in the EU’s responses to the financial crisis. Her dissertation analysed how state aid cases can become subject to politicization or depoliticization, and how a variety of actors might legitimize or delegitimize the EU.

This presentation is based on a paper written together with Dr. Claudio Matera (University of Twente).

Registration is required to attend the webinar.

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The Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics is supported by a grant from the Erasmus + Programme  of the European Union, as well as by the participating universities.