The EU Commission relies on antitrust enforcement to regulate leading web search engine (Google)

The Google commitments and the transformation of EU antitrust enforcement* The proceedings brought by the European Commission against Google are nearing a – provisional – end with the prospect of a decision making binding on Google a revised set of commitments (see here for the Commission statement and here for the full text of the proposed commitments). Independently of their merits in addressing the Commission’s concerns, the Google commitments testify of a more general transformation in EU antitrust enforcement prompted by the multi-faceted “modernization” process associated with the entry into force of Regulation 1/2003, close to 10 years ago. This is first of all because commitments constitute a distinctive feature of “procedural modernization”, i.e., the emergence of and increasing

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Damien Gerard, The EU Commission relies on antitrust enforcement to regulate leading web search engine (Google), 5 February 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2014, Art. N° 63915

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