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Google Seeks ‘Sensible Solution’ in EU Antitrust Probe of Search

June 24, 2013

Google Inc. (GOOG:US) said it looks forward to “reaching a sensible solution” to the European Union’s antitrust probe into the way the company operates its search engine.

“We know that scrutiny comes along with success, and we have worked hard to answer their questions thoroughly and thoughtfully,” Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president and general counsel, said in a blog posting today.

The European Commission, the EU’s antitrust regulator, has said Google is dominant in Web search and search advertising in Europe and that the Mountain View, California-based company may harm competition. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia has sought a deal with Google to end the antitrust case, while competitors have urged regulators to force Google to change its practices.

Almunia said last month that he would almost certainly seek improvements to Google’s initial settlement offer and also extended until this week a market-test period for consumers and rivals to comment.

“We don’t want to hamper the very innovations that people like best about Google’s services,” Walker said in today’s blog posting. “That’s why we focused on addressing the commission’s specific concerns, and we think we did a pretty good job.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephanie Bodoni in Luxembourg at sbodoni@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Chapman at pchapman10@bloomberg.net


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