The announcement comes as Amazon comes under fire for taking advantage of the health crisis. The European Commission accused the American e-commerce giant Amazon on Tuesday (November 10th) of having violated European competition rules by taking advantage of data from independent retailers using its website.
Brussels also announced, in a press release, that it had opened a second investigation for anti-competitive practices targeting the platform, suspecting preferential treatment of offers from Amazon or sellers in its marketplace using the delivery services of the American giant.
The European Commission said it has “informed Amazon that it considers, on a preliminary basis, that this company has violated EU rules on anti-competitive practices by distorting competition in online retail markets“.
The American company sells products directly on its website, but also provides independent sellers with a marketplace where they can sell to consumers.
“Data relating to the activity of third-party sellers should not be used for the benefit of Amazon when it acts as a competitor of these sellers. The conditions of competition on Amazon’s platform must also be level.“, said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
The European Commission is also due to announce new legislation in December to better regulate and make major internet platforms more transparent, in particular by updating its 20-year-old e-commerce directive, when new digital players were no longer available. not yet born or were taking their first steps.