Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service; opens separate formal investigation on Android
EU News 101/2015
Brussels, 15 April 2015
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area (EEA) by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. The Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers. Sending a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.
The Commission has also formally opened a separate antitrust investigation into Google's conduct as regards the mobile operating system Android. The investigation will focus on whether Google has entered into anti-competitive agreements or abused a possible dominant position in the field of operating systems, applications and services for smart mobile devices.
Source and additional information:
Press conference by Margrethe Vestager to present the conclusions of the weekly meeting of the College of the Juncker Commission. Date: 15/04/2015 Reference: P-028030/00-01 (C)EU, 2015 URL