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The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product (Google Shopping) in its general search results pages. Although Google has previously offered commitments to the Commission in this area, the Commission does not consider these to be sufficient to address its concerns. The Commission has also opened a new investigation into Google's conduct as regards the mobile operating system Android. The investigation will focus on whether Google has entered into anti-competitive agreements or abused a possible dominant position in the field of operating systems, applications and services for smart mobile devices. Click here.
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Gazprom alleging that some of its business practices in Central and Eastern European gas markets constitute an abuse of a dominant position in breach of Article 102. On the basis of its investigation, the Commission's preliminary view is that Gazprom is pursuing an overall strategy to partition Central and Eastern European gas markets, for example by reducing its customers’ ability to resell gas cross-border, and that this may have enabled Gazprom to charge unfair prices in certain Member States. The Commission is also concerned that Gazprom may have abused a dominant position by making the supply of gas dependent on obtaining unrelated commitments from wholesalers concerning gas transport infrastructure. Click here.