Press Statement : European Newspaper and Magazine Publishers call for thorough scrutiny of the proposed remedies in Google competition inquiryShare Print
Brussels, 4th July 2012 – Newspaper and magazine publishers have repeatedly expressed their concerns about Google's activities in the online search and advertising markets, including its preferential treatment of its own content over that of third parties. It is essential that the commitments, offered this week by Google to the European Commission, bring an end to the manipulation of search results which threaten to turn the open Internet into a closed Google Shop.
Given Google’s pan-European market share of 94% in search, any remedies imposed on Google should leave no loopholes for circumvention and safeguard the open Internet to the benefit of free markets, businesses and consumers alike.
ENPA President, Ivar Rusdal, said: “We now rely on European Commission Vice-President Almunia to ensure that discussions on the remedies offered by Google take place as a matter of urgency, involving all parties concerned, with the aim of achieving a real and binding solution to the serious concerns raised by publishers."
EMMA President, David Hanger, said: “It is vital that the European Commission ensures a complete and sustainable resolution of all concerns that have been identified in the past regarding Google’s dominant position in search.”
Press publishers have stressed that any commitments offered by Google should ensure effective and sustainable solutions to the concerns raised as regards Google’s activities as a news aggregator, as well as its role in the online search and advertising markets. Any failure to do so would have grave consequences for competition, innovation and consumer choice.
ENPA and EMMA members in a number of countries are actively involved in competition complaints against Google, in response to Google's activities which threaten to undermine fair competition in online markets across Europe.
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 EU Member States, plus Norway, Switzerland and Serbia. More than 150 million printed newspapers are sold and read by over 300 million Europeans every day, in addition to the millions of readers of digital newspapers. Newspaper revenues in the European Union amounted to approximately €36 billion in 2011. More information on our website www.enpa.be or on Twitter @frcunningham
EMMA, the European Magazine Media Association, is the unique and complete representation of Europe’s magazine media, which is today enjoyed by millions of consumers on various platforms, encompassing both paper and digital formats. EMMA represents 15.000 publishing houses, publishing 50.000 magazine titles across Europe in print and digital. More information on our website www.magazinemedia.eu or on
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