White paper, digital platforms: Digital regulatory policy for growth, innovation, competition and participation

We seek to make Germany and Europe, with their core competences in industrial value added and production, into a leading location for digital industrial production and to make extensive use of the potential presented by digitalisation for the DNA of our economy. Digital platforms can make a contribution to improving our lives and economy. It is essential to ensure fair competition here. We wish to create a legal framework which supports innovation without creating a legal vacuum. The strength of our industrial value added should also to provide the foundation for the new strength in the digital age. If we are to succeed in this transformation, we must embed digital platforms and platform strategies in our own economies. Platforms as central nodes, interest levellers, data processors, innovation drivers and market makers have a decisive influence on the development of the digital economy and increasingly define growth potential and the framework conditions for competition within a country. A digitalisation offensive must provide a clever regulatory framework for the development of platform business models. Platforms are compelling existing companies to think about the future viability of their business models.

BMWI (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) (2017), White paper, digital platforms: Digital regulatory policy for growth, innovation, competition and participation, Federal Ministery for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany.


  • no specific sector focus
  • Germany, EU28
  • 2017
  • Research publication
  • challenges, competition, legal issues, privacy, data protection
  • English
  • BMWI (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) (Government)
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
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