The European Union Accused Google Of Abusing Its Dominant Position

Posted On 15 Apr 2015
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The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google affirming the organization has mishandled its prevailing position in the businesses for general web hunt benefits in the European Economic Area (EEA) by methodically supporting its own correlation shopping item in its general query items pages. The Commission’s preparatory perspective is that such direct encroaches EU antitrust principles in light of the fact that it smothers rivalry and damages shoppers. Sending a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the result of the examination.

The Commission has likewise formally opened a different antitrust examination concerning Google’s behavior as respects the portable working framework Android. The examination will concentrate on whether Google has gone into against focused understandings or misused a conceivable predominant position in the field of working frameworks, applications and administrations for shrewd cell phones.

EU Commissioner responsible for rivalry strategy Margrethe Vestager said: “The Commission’s goal is to apply EU antitrust standards to guarantee that organizations working in Europe, wherever they may be based, don’t falsely deny European purchasers as wide a decision as could be expected under the circumstances or smother development”.

“On account of Google I am worried that the organization has given an unreasonable focal point to its own particular correlation shopping administration, in rupture of EU antitrust standards. Google now has the chance to persuade the Commission despite what might be expected. Be that as it may, if the examination affirmed our worries, Google would need to face the legitimate results and change the way it works together in Europe.”

“I have additionally propelled a formal antitrust examination of Google’s behavior concerning versatile working frameworks, applications and administrations. Cell phones, tablets and comparable gadgets assume an expanding part in numerous individuals’ day by day lives and I need to verify the business sectors around there can thrive without anticompetitive requirements forced by any organization.”

Correlation shopping

Correlation shopping items permit shoppers to hunt down items on web shopping sites and look at costs between changed sellers. The preparatory finish of the Commission’s examination opened in November 2010 is that Google gives precise ideal treatment to its correlation shopping item (presently called ‘Google Shopping’) in its general list items pages, e.g. by demonstrating Google Shopping all the more conspicuously on the screen. It might subsequently misleadingly redirect movement from opponent examination shopping administrations and prevent their capacity to contend available. The Commission is worried that clients don’t fundamentally see the most significant results because of inquiries - this is to the burden of shoppers, and smothers advancement. The Commission’s preparatory perspective is that to cure such direct, Google ought to treat its own correlation shopping administration and those of adversaries in the same way. Google now has the chance to react to the Commission’s charges inside ten weeks and to then look for a formal hearing. The Commission considers that in general, past responsibility proposition from Google were deficient to address its rival concerns.

Further subtle elements of the Commission’s Statement of Objections on examination shopping can be found here.


Since 2005, Google has driven improvement of the Android versatile working framework. Android is an open-source framework, implying that it can be uninhibitedly utilized and grew by anybody. The greater part of cell phone and tablet producers utilize the Android working framework as a part of blend with a scope of Google’s restrictive applications and administrations. These producers go into concurrences with Google to acquire the privilege to introduce Google’s applications on their Android gadgets. The Commission’s inside and out examination will concentrate on whether Google has ruptured EU antitrust principles by ruining the improvement and business sector access of opponent portable working frameworks, applications and administrations to the inconvenience of buyers and designers of inventive administrations and items.

Further subtle elements of the Commission’s formal examination of Google in connection to the Android versatile working framework can be found here.


The Commission proceeds with its progressing formal examination under EU antitrust guidelines of different parts of Google’s conduct in the EEA, including the great treatment by Google in its general list items of other particular hunt administrations, and concerns as to replicating of rivals’ web content (known as ‘scratching’), promoting restrictiveness and undue limitations on promoters.

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