NGOs Argue: A report suggests that an Amazon proposal to end the antitrust probe by the EU should be dismissed

NGOs Argue: A report suggests that an Amazon proposal to end the antitrust probe by the EU should be ...

A group of 11 non-governmental organizations has reported that Amazon''s proposal to halt certain selling and marketing practices should be rejected. They argue that the proposal is in an attempt to avoid potential high EU antitrust penalties and it is filled with flaws. The Commission had given third parties until September 9 to provide feedback to Amazon''s offer. Amazon had stated that it will treat all sellers equally when ranking their offers.

According to a recent analysis from Reuters, a group of 11 non-governmental organisations including LobbyControl, the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the European Public Services Union have told EU regulators that Amazon''s proposal to stop certain selling and marketing practices should be rejected.

The majority of parties argue that the proposal is in an effort to avoid unnecessary antitrust penalties from the EU. The group''s non-governmental group has also added that the proposal is filled with gaps.

"They are weak, vague, and filled with loopholes, leaving too much room for evasion and abuse by Amazon. Moreover, the proposed limitation of these commitments to five years, or even any time horizon at all, is unjustifiable," the group said in a statement.

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To make a recall, the Commission provided assistance to third parties until September 9 to inform Amazon''s offer.