EU has invited the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google-owner Alphabet to a hearing in Brussels on February 1. The European Parliament will in the coming month discuss proposals by the European Commission that relates to competition, online misinformation and harmful content.
“The purpose of the planned hearing is to have an exchange with the chief executive officers of the four globally leading platform companies to learn about their current business models and future concepts as they face the challenges of altering market conditions,” said an invitation sent to the companies according to Reuters.
“The event will contribute to preparing the members of the European Parliament for the upcoming discussions on potential new regulation for the digital sector. For all these reasons, we wish to clarify that this invitation is for the CEOs only.”
The invitation said lawmakers were willing to change the date to another day in February or March.
Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will hold a video-conference call with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on Jan. 25, according to a European Commission schedule.
Ms Vestager will discuss digital and competition issues with Pichai, a Commission spokesperson said.