European Commission Posts

FairSearch Panel Explores Mobile, EU Competition Issues

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Wednesday, FairSearch held a lunch panel in Washington D.C. to discuss Google’s proposed commitments to the European Commission (EC), and emerging competition issues in the mobile space. The event was held with the backdrop of the American Bar Association’s spring antitrust meetings. Attendees included staff from the FTC, US Justice Department, and FCC, Canada’s Competition Read more »

ProSiebenSat.1: Google’s Search Platform Reduces Choice to Zero

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The following is a guest blog post by Heiko Zysk, Vice President and Head of European Affairs of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, a German media company. Zysk spoke on Wednesday in Washington, DC at a FairSearch panel on the European Commission’s investigation of Google for potential violations of EU competition laws. Many media outlets have published reports Read more »

FairSearch: Market Tests Still Necessary to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Google’s Proposed Commitments

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The following is a FairSearch statement, “Market Tests are still necessary to demonstrate the effectiveness of Google’s proposed commitments released today by the company.”  We are examining the offer now, and will comment when we have reviewed it. We welcome Google’s unilateral decision to publish a non-confidential version of its commitments, but will continue to Read more »

FairSearch Europe Urges European Commission to Make Google Proposal Public, Proposal Reinforces Google’s Dominant Position Instead of Remedying Problems

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Statement attributable to Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe legal counsel and spokesman. The proposal has not been made public, but from what has been reported it appears that this solution may be worse for consumers and competitors than doing nothing at all. To redress Google’s abuse of its dominant position, the proposed commitments reportedly would charge Read more »

Responses To Google’s Tentative Settlement With the European Commission

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

On 5 February 2014, the European Commission tentatively accepted Google’s revised proposal of commitments to end the Commission’s antitrust investigation into concerns that Google is illegally abusing its dominant position in online search and search advertising. The Commission rejected Google’s first two proposals as insufficient following market tests and reviews that elicited widespread criticism from Read more »

FairSearch Europe Initial View: Google’s Proposed Commitments are Worse than Nothing

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe Legal Counsel. It is also available here. The European Commission has tentatively accepted a proposal by Google which is worse than doing nothing. These proposed commitments have not been subjected to any form of consultation, although it was thanks to market testing of industry participants that Read more »

Statement by FairSearch Europe: The Importance of Market Testing

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is weighing a new proposal from Google to address antitrust concerns he raised in May 2012. The report also says that the Commission may move forward without consulting anyone outside the Commission. FairSearch has no independent confirmation of the story. Google’s first two proposals were rejected by Commissioner Read more »

Video: FairSearch Europe Briefing on Google’s Flawed Revised Proposal

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Last week, FairSearch Europe hosted a panel discussion and press briefing in Brussels to demonstrate the unity of stakeholder opposition to the second package of Google’s proposed commitments and to provide the evidence in support of this opposition. The proposed commitments are fatally flawed, and new studies show that Google’s latest proposal demonstrates no interest Read more »

Responses to Google’s Revised Settlement Offer to the European Commission

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

On 28 October 2013, the European Commission sent confidential requests to approximately 125 companies and organizations asking for feedback on Google’s revised proposal to end the Commission’s investigation of Google’s potentially illegal abuses of its dominant position in online search and search advertising. The Commission rejected Google’s first proposal as insufficient after widespread criticism by Read more »

Google’s Paid Product Listings Direct Consumers to Higher Prices, Reports Say

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

More reporters and other Google watchers are noting the company’s broken promises and how Google manipulates the display of results to boost its sales to the detriment of consumers. And with the holiday season here, new studies and reports find that consumers may be unwittingly paying more when searching for products on Google’s homepage. Advertisers Read more »