Back in early February, European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia confirmed Google had handed in a proposal settlement in the ongoing antirust investigation into whether some of Google’s practices with its search and ad businesses create unfair competition and abuse the company’s dominance. Today Reuters reports that Google has not submitted an official offer of concessions to the Commission:
“In the last few weeks, the Commission completed its preliminary assessment formally setting out its concerns. On this basis, Google then made a formal submission of commitments to the Commission,” said Antoine Colombani, the Commission’s spokesman on competition policy.
“We are now preparing the launch of a market test to seek feedback from market players, including complainants, on these commitment proposals,” he said.
One thing conveniently left out of the report: at this point we do not know what the commitments Google has made and how they might reflect the user experience for customers.