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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