Google is being charged of abuse of a dominant position regarding online search and accused of unfair competition regarding price comparisons services. According to FairSearch, Google’s unfair strategy would generate more than 1 billion euros benefit per year. The new commitments submitted by the American engine company had been provisionally accepted by the European Commission in February.
Nevertheless, 9 Commissioners expressed their concerns to Joaquin Almunia, the Commissioner for Competition. In addition, on last March 31 st , the European Consumer Organisation BEUC joined the case as a complainant. Google’s unfair competition behavior also affects consumers’ rights and choices, says the BEUC’s representative Monique Goyens.
More than 20 companies (including Microsoft, Expedia, Tripadvisor, Deal du Jour, etc.) joined the case as complainants.
Commissioner Joaquin Almunia should take his final decision towards the Google case by the end of his mandate, between July and September 2014.
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