The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action wants to develop its regulatory framework to facilitate more investment and innovation on the basis of fair competition while at the same time guaranteeing data sovereignty and the protection of fundamental rights of individuals and companies.
Open dialogue for a digital regulatory policy: From Green Paper to White Paper
By introducing the “Green Paper on Digital Platforms” (in German) as part of its Digital Strategy 2025, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action initiated a broad and intensive discussion process to discuss these aspects and possible rules and framework conditions for digital platforms. Representatives from companies, business associations, trade unions, non-profit organisations, scientists and citizens took part in the consultation process: over 260 online contributions and 70 detailed comments were submitted. The consultation results were incorporated into the “White Paper on Digital Platforms”. It presents concrete proposals for a digital regulatory policy and is deliberately formulated for the European debate. Learn more (in German).
Competition law in the digital age – the 9th amendment of the Act against Restraints of Competition.
By adopting the 9th amendment of the Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB) (in German), the Federal Government improved the regulatory framework governing abuse of market power and mergers. This amendment takes account of the particularities of digital markets, thereby providing effective protection against abuse of market power and guaranteeing effective control of mergers. Learn more (in German).