The EU Commission obtains new proposal on commitments in the context of an ongoing antitrust investigation as regards online search and search advertising (Google)

Improved Google commitments (closer to) getting the thumbs up from the European Commission* On 5 February 2014, the European Commission issued a press release and a memo concerning the improved commitments proposed by Google (the commitments were made public by Google itself). At a press conference, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia further clarified how the improved commitments finally address the competition concerns raised during the investigation, and stated that the Commission “will move forward towards a decision based on commitments” (see Newsletter 5-6/2013, Newsletter No. 2/2013, Newsletter 2/2010, for additional background). The Article 9 decision, as such a decision is known, will thus bring to an end the 3-year long investigation into Google’s practices without a

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Gabriele Accardo, The EU Commission obtains new proposal on commitments in the context of an ongoing antitrust investigation as regards online search and search advertising (Google), 5 February 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin IT & Dominance, Art. N° 64808

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