Statement from FairSearch, Joaquin Almunia on Restoring Competition
Statement from FairSearch
Today, 1 October Joaquin Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition announced that he had
negotiated a new set of remedies with Google to restore both competition in the online search market
and choice and innovation for consumers. The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, Legal
Counsel and Spokesman for FairSearch.
“Until we have seen the details of Google’s proposed remedies, it would be irresponsible to
comment on their content and potential for correcting the anti-competitive behaviour identified by
the European Commission in May 2012.
“However, for FairSearch it is essential that the remedies install the principle of nondiscrimination
so that Google applies the same rules to its own services as it does to others when it
returns and displays search results.
“FairSearch also looks forward to a deep and broad market test among complainants and
key stakeholders as the only way to test the effectiveness of the proposed remedies to restore
competition in the online search market.”