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DMA workshop - The DMA and app store related provisions

Workshop of 6 March 2023 onThe DMA and app store related provisions” to discuss how to ensure effective compliance with the Digital Markets Act.

This workshop will address issues such as alternative in-app payment systems, steering and sideloading.

The Regulation (EU) 2022/1925, Digital Markets Act, was published in the Official Journal on 12 October 2022 and entered into force on 1 November 2022. It is the first global regulation aiming to ensure fair and contestable markets in the digital sector. The Commission believes it important for all stakeholders to provide their input and views on various implementation questions, whilst fully respecting the letter and the spirit of the Digital Markets Act.

The view of third parties, including but not exclusively of those who are potential beneficiaries of the Digital Markets Act, will be an important input in ensuring practicable, transparent, and effective compliance solutions.

Please see the full agenda

The materials used by the panellists can be accessed here

Framework of the workshop and practical issues

The workshop on app stores will take place in Brussels at the Commission’s Centre Albert Borschette (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels), on 6 March 2023. Following the introductory remarks by the Commission, there will be several panels on specific practical questions related to compliance.  The different panels will focus particularly on topics such as in-app payment systems, steering, consumption-only apps, web-based apps, sideloading, alternative app stores and FRAND conditions of access to app stores.

The agenda, together with the list of speakers will be published shortly.

The above issues will be briefly introduced in the respective panels of each workshop selected panel members before opening an all-inclusive discussion between all participants present physically or online. To facilitate the hybrid discussion, will be used in both events to collect and select questions from the audience. This will also allow the Commission to take account of issues that may have been raised but could not be addressed in the workshops due to time constraints.

The discussion during the workshop will be based on the exchange of non-confidential information and should not include any sensitive business information, since the workshops are open also to the public.

You can attend in person at the Commission’s Centre Albert Borschette or participate online through our interactive platform.

Due to capacity constraints, around 80 people for each workshop can be present in the room. Therefore, physical participation is prioritised for representatives of potential gatekeepers, business users of the gatekeepers’ core platform services (for instance,  app developers), and civil society representatives such as consumer protection associations. Participation in the room will be limited to one representative per entity/organisation. Other attendees, including journalists, consultants, external lawyers, and other academics or students, are invited to join the workshops online, with the possibility to ask questions.

The workshops will take place in English. No interpretation will be provided.


Registrations for the workshop have been closed