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Google submits concessions package in EU antitrust case

Google has submitted a package of concessions to the European Union (EU) in a bid to to resolve the two-year-long antitrust investigation into its alleged misuse of its dominant position in the online search market.

The search giant first submitted a settlement proposal to the EU Competition Commission (CC) in January this year to resolve concerns.

European Commission Competition spokesman Antoine Colombani said the commission completed its preliminary assessment formally setting out its concerns in the last few weeks and on this basis, Google then made a formal submission of commitments.

"We are now preparing the launch of a market test to seek feedback from market players, including complainants, on these commitment proposals."

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Several reports suggested that Google offered to label its own products more clearly in search results.

Earlier this month, privacy regulators from six European countries including the UK said that they will launch a joint action against Google for the company’s failure to make changes to its privacy policy.

In January this year, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) closed the 20-month antitrust probe into Google’s web-search business that investigated whether it had manipulated its search results to favour its own services.

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