ICOMP calls for publication of Google proposal; EC prohibition decision

After recently issuing a prohibition decision finding dominance and abuse, the European Commission ordered Google to submit information within sixty days about its actions to ensure compliance.

Google should have formulated and made proposals to the Commission by 29 August 2017 if it is to comply with the Commission’s decision as outlined in the EC press release of 27 June 2017.

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace ICOMP’s chairman Michael Weber said:

“ICOMP calls for publication of the full commission decision and Google’s remedy proposals so that we and the public generally can compare the proposals (if any) with the Commission’s assessment of Google’s wrongdoing. These affect everyone in the online and mobile worlds, so they must be made public for evaluation.”

ICOMP welcomes the Commission decision and Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s remark that this is a precedent for other Google services it promotes on search results pages.

The Commission decision takes issue with the fact that Google preferences its own shopping results to the detriment of competing shopping sites, by allocating attractive placement and informative means of display solely to its own comparison shopping service. The company must end the conduct by the end of September or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

About ICOMP

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace, short ICOMP, is best known for its engagement in the European Commission’s antitrust investigations of Google, and also follows the actions of other Internet giants. Founded in 2008, ICOMP is an industry initiative for organisations and businesses involved in Internet commerce.

ICOMP’s key goals for a healthy online environment are to encourage competition, transparency, data privacy, security and respect for intellectual property. ICOMP brings together participants from across the Internet and continents.