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July 2, 2013

Competitors reject Google’s proposals in EU antitrust case

Google is accused of misusing its dominant position.

By CBR Staff Writer

A group of competitors are reported to have rejected Google’s proposals, which were submitted in April this year, to resolve antitrust investigation.

The Guardian reported that the European Commission (EC) VP in charge of competition policy, Joaquín Almunia must now decide whether to accept Google’s suggestions, seek new concessions, or instead move to a statement of objections leading to legal enforcement on the company.

If Google fails to comply with the laws, the company may be fined about 10% of its revenues it generates globally.

Last week, Google said: "When the Commission outlined four areas of "preliminary" concern last summer, we submitted proposals to address each point in a constructive way.

"Our proposals are meaningful and comprehensive, providing additional choice and information while also leaving room for future innovation.

"We’ve been discussing these innovations with the European Commission as they have reviewed our search and advertising business."

EC started the investigation into Google in late 2010 over the company’s misuse of dominant position in the online search market after receiving various complaints from companies such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor.

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Last month, it was revealed that EC is also investigating Google over claims that the company used anti competitive methods to increase sales of its Android operating system.

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