P2B regulation: Commission’s ranking transparency guidelines expected by the end of April 2020

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The Platform-to-Business Regulation (EU) 2019/1150 consists in a harmonized set of rules creating a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for smaller businesses acting on online platforms. In the case of e-commerce, platforms are basically online marketplaces, while the business users are merchants using the intermediation services offered by these platforms. With this regulation, the Commission aimed to take actions to tackle eventual cases of unfair contracts and trading practices in the so-called platform-to-business (P2B) relations.

According to the Regulation (article 5), the European Commission is tasked with producing guidelines to help online intermediation services and online search engines understand their transparency obligations to set out, in their terms and conditions, the main parameters determining ranking on their platform, and the reasons for their relative importance. Ecommerce Europe participated in the workshops organized by the Commission in the previous months, which were supposed to gather stakeholders’ feedback on the upcoming guidelines.

The Commission will still continue to process the stakeholders’ contribution in order to finalize the guidelines before they will be published by the end of April 2020, only a couple of months prior to the entering into application of the Regulation, scheduled for 12 July 2020. More information can be found on the Commission’s website here.

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