Euractiv Guest post by Patrick Gibbels, Secretary-General of the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA).
On 5 March, the European Commission handed over a draft of its impact assessment on the upcoming Platforms to Business Regulation to the Regulatory Scrutiny Board. The Board is designed to look at proposals at the early stages and give its recommendations as to whether it is legally sound.
Several weeks ago, the Commission, accidentally or not so accidentally, leaked an early draft of its proposal which aims to regulate the business to business relationships between platforms and its business users.
The proposal falls in line with the Commission’s recent obsession of clamping down on the large online players in every way possible and under the guides of ‘making big platforms more transparent in how they treat third-party sellers’, slaps additional burden on companies of all shapes and sizes. The European Commission’s go-to solution is to simply ‘exempt’ micro and small companies from crucial aspects of the proposal, claiming to be operating according to the Think Small First principle, promoting the best interest of micro and small companies.
In reality, the Commission is doing the opposite of that and here’s why.