EU Commission Pursues Google

The EU Commission has issued a ‘statement of objections’ to Google claiming it has abused its dominance in mobile operating systems and broken EU anti-trust laws.

The BBC article here explains the case well:

This is a useful example for Unit 4 EU – the Commission applying its power to monitor the implementation of laws and pursue offenders. Google has 12 weeks to reply and then the Commission will consider the case and make a ruling which may include fining Google. Google would be able to appeal to the ECJ if it does not like the ruling.

It is interesting to note that the case has been presented to the Commission by a lobbying group ‘FairSearch’ (largely made up of Google’s competitors!) and this is typical of the Commission being ‘nudged’ by interest groups, member states or other institutions.



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