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EU antitrust chief meets with heads of Apple, Alphabet and Qualcomm

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday she had met with the chief executives of Apple, Alphabet and Qualcomm to discuss regulatory compliance and competition policy, in articles published Friday on the social media platform

Last week, Vestager’s communications advisor announced that she would speak with the CEOs of Apple, Alphabet, Broadcom and Nvidia in the United States, focusing on European digital regulations, including the Digital Markets Act ( DMA) and competition policy.

Vestager released updates on X in three meetings.

With Apple’s Tim Cook, she said she discussed, among other things, the company’s obligation to allow its apps to be distributed outside of its proprietary AppStore, as well as ongoing competition cases like the one involving its music streaming service Apple Music.

With Sundar Pichai, boss of Alphabet and Google, she discussed, among other things, the design of choice screens, self-preference in relation to DMA, as well as the Google adtech antitrust affair.

Under the DMA, companies with more than 45 million monthly active users and a market capitalization of €75 billion ($82 billion) are considered gatekeepers, and labeled as such are required to e.g. make their messaging apps interact with their competitors and allow users to decide which apps to pre-install on their devices.

Vestager did not specify what was discussed with Qualcomm boss Cristiano Amon.

“#Chips power much more than our #digital transition. They are the key to our EU #economic #security. An important meeting with @cristianoamon @Qualcomm,” she posted.

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