EU needs 40-man antitrust workforce to implement new tech guidelines, official says

BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators need to set up a 40-man workforce and rent a expertise skilled to implement robust new guidelines geared toward reining within the powers of Large Tech, an EU official mentioned on Thursday.

The principles referred to as the Digital Markets Act (DMA) units out a listing of do’s and don’ts for Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google, Meta (META.O), Amazon (AMZN.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and different gatekeepers which management entry to their websites and the info there.

Reuters solely reported in July that the European Fee was contemplating creating a brand new directorate to allay issues that it might battle to get deep-pocketed and well-advised tech corporations to adjust to the brand new guidelines.

A 12-man unit headed by antitrust veteran Thomas Kramler who’s at present dealing with the Apple and Amazon antitrust investigations and a 9-person robust taskforce will transfer to the brand new directorate, the official mentioned.

The EU competitors enforcer goals to rent 19 extra individuals for the directorate and a chief expertise officer to concentrate on information, the official mentioned.

The brand new unit will want the inexperienced gentle from the faculty of commissioners from the 27 EU international locations within the coming weeks earlier than it may be arrange.

Enforcement of the DMA might be executed collectively with the Directorate-Common for Communications Networks, Content material and Know-how which has additionally arrange a brand new unit for the duty.

The Fee has beforehand mentioned some 80 enforcers can be wanted.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; modifying by Grant McCool

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