The EU legislature has invited the managing directors of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to a hearing on February 1st in Brussels to take action against the power of the US technology giants.
The European Parliament will be contributing to proposals from the European Commission in the coming months to force companies to play fair with rivals and to do more against fake online news and harmful content or to impose heavy fines.
“The aim of the planned hearing is an exchange with the CEOs of the four leading global platform companies in order to find out about their current business models and future concepts if they have to face the challenges of a change in market conditions,” said an invitation to the companies seen by Reuters.
“The event will help prepare Members of the European Parliament for the upcoming discussions on possible new regulations for the digital sector. For all of these reasons, we want to make it clear that this invitation is only for the CEOs. “
The invitation said that the legislature was ready to change the date to another day in February or March. However, those familiar with the companies doubted they would accept the invitation.
On Friday it was revealed that Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive of Alphabet, will hold a video conference on January 1st with Margrethe Vestager, the EU antitrust leader. 25 according to a schedule of the European Commission.
Vestager, who is pushing for strict new rules, will discuss digital and competition issues with Pichai, a commission spokeswoman said.