Following a competitive selection process, the Commission has appointed 15 high-profile experts as members of the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy. As this group is set up by a Commission Decision, it is part of the Register of Commission expert groups.
At its on 27 September 2018, the group adopted its rules of procedure and selected Prof. Bruno Liebhaberg as its chairperson.
Objectives of the expert group
The Expert group has several tasks:
- advise the Commission on the main trends of the online platform economy.
- analyse potentially harmful practices within the online platform economy, including:
- issues related to algorithmic decision-making and ranking, including the question of transparency;
- access to, and use of, different categories data, including personal data;
- issues related to remuneration for material displayed online, in particular in relation to search results;
- transparency and accountability in business-to-business commercial relations in online advertising;
- differentiated treatment when business users on platforms compete with products offered by the platform;
- restrictions on business users by platforms for offering different conditions when using other distribution channels;
- possible impacts of these potentially harmful practices on consumers;
- assist the Commission in the preparation of its annual work programme regarding these issues;
- analyse the evolution of policy measures related to the online platform economy in the Member States, the Union or in third countries;
- communicate with other relevant experts or centres of excellence upon the request and supervision of the Commission.
The expert group will produce a report at the end of its mandate. The report will outline the main findings of the expert group and undergo public consultation before publication. Three preliminary reports have been published and are open to feedback until 8 September.
We invite stakeholders and other relevant bodies at EU or national level to engage with the experts through the Futurium platform.
Members of the expert group
Chairman of the EU Observatory on the online platform economy and Director General of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), Belgium
Professor of German and European Private and Business Law and Private International Law at the University of Osnabrück, Germany
Assistant Professor at Tilburg Law School, Netherlands
Professor and Chair in Digital Economy at the University of Surrey, UK
Professor of Internet Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Assistant Professor at the Tilburg University, Netherlands
Professor of Economics at Toulouse School of Economics, France
Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK
Lawyer and Researcher, Poland
Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Associate Professor of Commercial Law at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
Professor in Information Technology Law and Data Governance within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton, UK
Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), Belgium and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Researcher at the Digitisation Research Group, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania