Brussels, 22 May, 2012 -
Newspaper publishers represented by the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association
(ENPA) welcomed the statement of European Commission Vice-President Almunia yesterday, on the ongoing EU competition inquiry into Google’s alleged abuse of dominant position. Vice-President Almunia
asked Google to come forward with proposals to address concerns raised regarding its market behaviour, in particular the preferential treatment that Google gives to its own services compared to competing services.
Newspaper publishers would like to underline the high importance for our sector of the on-going Commission’s investigation into Google’s alleged abuse of dominant position in Europe.ENPA President Ivar Rusdal
stated: “Publishers in a number of EU Member States have raised concerns that Google abuses its dominant market position through its practices in the search and advertising market, which significantly affects competition and the sustainability of newspaper titles in the Member States. The preliminary conclusions of Vice-President Almunia represent an important step in this investigation. We expect Google to respond to Vice President Almunia’s offer to propose remedies without any delay to address the concerns that have been identified.”
“It is essential that the European Commission ensures effective and sustainable solutions to the concerns expressed by publishers across Europe as regards Google’s activities as a news aggregator, as well as its role in the online search and advertising markets. Any future commitments offered by Google should be discussed in an open and transparent way involving all parties concerned,” Mr Rusdal added.
ENPA members in a number of countries have raised concerns, or are actively involved in national or European complaints, regarding Google’s activities as a dominant online search engine and its market behaviour in the search and advertising markets.Please find enclosed the PDF of the Press Release.
About ENPA:The European Newspaper Publishers' Association is an international non-profit organisation representing newspapers on all platforms. ENPA represents over 5,200 national, regional and local newspaper titles, published in 23 EU Member States, plus Norway, Switzerland and Serbia.