EU to announce its decision on Google antitrust probe soon


by CBR Staff Writer| 16 September 2013

Google has recently offered new concessions to the EU in efforts to settle a three-year-old antitrust case

The European Union antitrust regulator is expected to announce its final decision on whether Google's latest offer was enough to settle a three-year-old antitrust case, according to the EU competition commissioner.

The EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia is reportedly set to conclude whether the search engine firm's officially binding offer to list more rivals' services was sufficient to avoid formal accusations and probable fines.

"At the same time, it is my responsibility to ensure that Google does not abuse this gatekeeper role in the EU to push its own services against those of competitors who may be just as innovative," Almunia said.

"As you know, we want to find effective solutions to our concerns, so as to preserve competition in the coming years between these services.

"Whether we will ultimately achieve this through a commitment process is still open at this point in time."

The European Commission has been probing Google since 2010 upon receiving several criticisms from firms such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor, that it was blocking rivals from its search results.

Google spokesman was cited by the Bloomberg as saying that the latest proposal to the European Commission addresses their areas of concern.

"We continue to work with the commission to settle this case," he said.

In April 2013, the search engine firm also offered a package of concessions to the EU to settle the antitrust investigations, by assuring to tag search results from its own services.

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