EU Seeks More Google Concessions In Antitrust Case

Fordham Law in Reuters, September 20, 2012

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The European Union's antitrust chief warned Google it could face charges of breaching EU rules and a fine unless it did more to ease concerns it used its search clout to block rivals.


EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said concessions from Google, which is in talks with the European Commission to resolve complaints from competitors like Microsoft, had not gone far enough. "We are not there yet, and it must be clear that - in the absence of satisfactory proposals in the short term - I will be obliged to continue with our formal proceedings," he said in the text of a speech to be delivered at Fordham University in New York.


"If effective solutions were found quickly and tested successfully, competition could be restored at an early stage," he said.


The world's most popular search engine offered new concessions to the EU watchdog in July which covered computers, tablets and mobile devices but did not provide details.