EU to File Antitrust Charges against Google

EU | April 15, 2015, Wednesday // 10:47|  views

The EU is widely expected to accuse on Wednesday US search giant Google of abusing its dominant market position.

An ongoing probe has concentrated on the question whether Google used its position in internet search to advance its other services since November 2010.

The move by the EU Commission could result in a fine of up to USD 6.6 B (EUR 6.2 B), or roughly 10 percent of the company's overall annual turnover, the EU Observer reports.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is due to take the step on Wednesday, and this could result in the highest-ever fine imposed by the EU Commission, well surpassing the EUR 1.06 B bill handed out to Intel in 2009.

More details are expected at 12:00 CET at a regular press conference in Brussels.

In 2014, a settlement was reached between Google and the previous Commission college but the investigation was later reopened.

Data cited by the New York Times suggests the search giant has a nearly 90 percent share in EU search market.

Google has declined to comment on possible negative developments it could be facing.

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Tags: Google, EU, EU Commission, Margrethe Vestager, fine, abuse of dominant position


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