BRUSSELS – The Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) welcomes the vote announced on the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) today from the European Parliament’s lead Internal Market Committee. The outcome of this vote sends a strong signal against anti-competitive practices within the app store ecosystem and marks one step further towards ensuring fair and contestable digital markets across the European Union.
“We are particularly pleased to see that this text is truly in line with the CAF principles”, said Meghan DiMuzio, executive director of the Coalition for App Fairness, “by ensuring the definition of ancillary services includes in-app-payment systems, allowing communication between app businesses and their end users and mitigating the monopolistic behavior of companies like Apple by permitting the downloading of apps from alternative app stores.”
Representing over 60 app businesses and developers, CAF maintains that the DMA can help prevent large platforms from enforcing monopolistic rules and behaviors to the benefit of European users and app developers alike, regardless of size or the nature of the app business.
The European Parliament’s vote comes ahead of a legislative vote on the DMA planned in parallel for the Council of the EU this Thursday. CAF will continue to promote a level playing field for businesses and free choice for consumers as the European Parliament and Council then commence their negotiations on a final legislative text.
About the Coalition for App Fairness
The Coalition for App Fairness is an independent nonprofit organization formed to protect consumer choice, foster competition, and create a level playing field for all app and game developers globally. Originally formed by Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Protonmail, Skydemon, Spotify, and Tile, CAF has rapidly grown from 13 to over 60 members since launching in September 2020. CAF offers membership to companies of any size — join today at appfairness.org.