The EC accuses Amazon of breaking competition law, starts an investigation

The EC accuses Amazon of breaking competition law, starts an investigation

The European Commission has launched antitrust proceedings against the American concern Amazon. She accuses him of breaking the rules of competition in the online retail market. The EC has also launched a second investigation into the company's online trading business practices.

"We came to the preliminary conclusion that, by breaking the law, Amazon abused its dominant position as a provider of market services in Germany and France. It could use sensitive data on a large scale to compete with smaller retailers. 

The Commission accuses Amazon of "systematically relying on non-public business data of independent sellers who sell in their market, to the benefit of its own retailer Amazon, which is in direct competition with these sellers".

The website of the Amazon group plays a double role. It is an online trading platform for online sellers, and at the same time, Amazon itself offers identical products to those offered by traders on its site.

The EC also said that it has launched an investigation into the possible preferential treatment of Amazon's own retail offerings and sellers on the trading platform that uses Amazon's logistics and delivery services.

The American concern does not agree with the allegations of the European Commission. "Amazon represents less than 1% global retail market, and in every country we operate, there are larger retailers. No company cares more about small businesses or has done more to support them in the past two decades than Amazon. More than 150,000 European companies sell in our stores, which generate tens of billions of euros in revenues annually and have created hundreds of thousands of jobs, "the company wrote in a press release.

There are no legal deadlines for completing an antitrust investigation. The length of an antitrust investigation depends on many factors, including the complexity of the case, the extent to which the companies concerned cooperate with the Commission and the exercise of the rights of the defence.

From Brussels, Łukasz Osiński (PAP)