EU lawmakers want Amazon, Apple, Facebook, CEO of Google at the February 1 hearing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU lawmakers called on Amazon CEOs, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet at the February 1 hearing in Brussels as they try to crack down on the powers of US tech giants.

The European Parliament in the coming months will provide input into the European Commission’s proposals to force companies to play fair with rivals and do more to tackle online fake news and harmful content or face hefty fines.

“The purpose of the planned hearing is to have an exchange with the CEOs of the world’s four leading platform companies to learn about their current business models and future concepts as they address the challenges of altering market conditions,” he said. said an invitation sent to companies seen by Reuters.

“The event will help prepare MEPs for upcoming discussions on potential new regulation for the digital sector. For all these reasons, we would like to point out that this invitation is reserved for CEOs only “.

The invitation said that lawmakers were willing to change the date to another day in February or March, however, people familiar with the companies doubted they would accept the invitation.

It emerged on Friday that Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai will hold a video conference with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on January 25, according to a European Commission schedule.

Vestager, who is pushing for new strict rules, will discuss digital and competition issues with Pichai, a spokeswoman for the commission said.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle