The EU Commission investigates in depth competition concerns on the internet market as regards unfavourable treatment of competing services in unpaid and sponsored search results coupled with an alleged preferential placement of own services (Google)

EC Investigates Google for Potential Abuse of Dominance in Online Search Market* In July 2010, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) responsible for competition policy, Mr. Joaquin Almunia, referred to the essential role that competition policy has in ensuring “market access and opportunities to all efficient players capable of delivering new value” in internet markets such as online search engines. Mr. Almunia recognized that the dynamics of these markets are complex because they are characterized by innovative business models that are constantly evolving and that market dominance on the internet is difficult to establish. However, he confirmed earlier press reports that the EC was in the preliminary stages of investigating allegations of anti-competitive conduct in relation

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Neil Ray, The EU Commission investigates in depth competition concerns on the internet market as regards unfavourable treatment of competing services in unpaid and sponsored search results coupled with an alleged preferential placement of own services (Google), 30 November 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin IT & Dominance, Art. N° 67066

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