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Press release: New study by INESS on DMA

Last year, the European Commission came up with proposals to regulate digital services in the form of the Digital Markets Act, which has the potential to significantly change the way the internet works in the EU. We have therefore covered this topic more extensivel...
Will be efficiency a curse in the EU
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Will be efficiency a curse in the EU

Regulatory clouds are gathering over internet platforms. The European Commission is preparing a major regulatory package called the Digital Markets Act, which will significantly regulate many aspects of how large internet companies operate. In addition, many regulators and courts across Europe are starting to investigate or fine them. Let us look at one such persecuted platform - Amazon.

Competition is like Adidas strips. More is not always better.
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Competition is like Adidas strips. More is not always better.

The European Commission is preparing a new regulation of internet companies called the Digital Markets Act (DMA). It is supposed to require or prohibit a number of activities from platforms, all under the slogan: "more fair, competitive and innovative business on the internet". However, good intentions are not enough. Creating good regulation is usually a superhuman feat for politicians. Creating good regulation in the dynamic and innovative environment of the internet, where often politicians and officials do not understand the business models of platforms at all, is even multiply more difficult. And that is why it has so far almost always ended in fiasco. All indications are that it will be no different for DMA regulation. 

Rationed Health Care and COVID-19
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Rationed Health Care and COVID-19

Autumn has arrived and rising hospital admission numbers has arrived with it. Looking around, I get the feeling that the pandemic issue has been reduced to just the issue of hospitals. The vaccinated are already ignoring the pandemic on a personal level – and the unvaccinated are too. (Un)vaccination has become a hard political stance and nothing can be done about it.

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Those Who Want Four-Day Workweek Believe in Santa Claus

Those Who Want Four-Day Workweek Believe in Santa Claus

The media have experienced a recurring tide of reports about the four-day working week. The topic plays on the right strings – most people are employees and work five days a week. Then, when they hear that we could cut it by one day, it sounds like heavenly music to their ears on Friday morning.

Now Is Best Time for Slovakia to Do Away with Semi-Gross Wage
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Now Is Best Time for Slovakia to Do Away with Semi-Gross Wage

Press Release, Bratislava, 8 December 2021. The Minister of Finance has submitted a proposal for amendments to simplify the payment of levies and taxes on labor income. However, two more steps are needed before we can say after the reform that the system is simple and that employees understand the taxes and levies they pay: the abolition of the semi gross wage and the misleading title of ‘employer’s levy’.

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