Brussels plans to hear the bosses of US technology giants
On February 1, the European Parliament (EP) summoned the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook to be heard in Brussels as part of the EU’s efforts to limit the powers of US technology giants. Reuters reported on Tuesday.
In the coming months, the European Parliament will provide input for the European Commission’s (EC) proposals to force these companies to behave fairly against the competition and to be more active in the fight against false information and harmful content. Otherwise, according to Reuters, they will face fines.
According to the text of the invitation, the purpose of the planned hearing is to exchange views with the CEOs of the four leading technology companies in order to familiarize themselves with their current business models and future plans.
MEPs are willing to postpone the hearing to another day in February or March. However, according to Reuters, people close to the four companies have expressed doubts about whether the companies will accept the invitation.