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Digital Markets Act: Commission organises stakeholder workshops on messaging interoperability and app stores

The Commission has just opened registration for two Digital Markets Act (DMA) technical workshops in the coming weeks. This will give interested stakeholders the possibility to provide input and views on how designated gatekeepers, digital platforms that provide an important gateway between business users and consumers, should comply with certain specific obligations envisaged by the new rules.

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In particular, the  workshop of 27 February 2023 will focus on the legal provision on interoperability between messaging services, addressing specifically issues such as end-to-end encryption, security and the identification of users across different messaging services. The technical workshop of 6 March 2023 will focus on app store related provisions, addressing specifically matters relating to alternative in-app payment systems, steering and sideloading.

The workshops will take place in Brussels but remote participation will be possible. More information, including the full program of the two workshops, is available on the event page.

The DMA has entered into force on 1 November 2022 and will start to apply as of 2 May 2023. To prepare for the enforcement of the DMA, the Commission is engaging proactively with interested parties (including potential gatekeepers, business users, end users of platform services and civil society representatives) to ensure effective and timely compliance of designated gatekeepers with the new rules. In this context, a first workshop on self-preferencing was organised on 5 December 2022.

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