When will Brussels really apply interim measure?
Do we really have to wait 14 years for a definitive ruling in a case between the Commission and a tech giant that has been abusing its dominant position ever since?
While the members of the Open Internet Project (OIP) welcome the conclusions of the Advocate General, who is proposing that the Court of Justice of the European Union confirm the 2.4 billion euro fine imposed on Google for having favored its own product comparator, they point out that the case was opened 14 years ago, that the fine has still not been paid, even partially, and that no effective measures have been put in place to restore competition on the product comparator market!
The association, which brings together European players in the tech sector, has for years been drawing the European Commission’s attention to the lack of an effective instrument for bringing anti-competitive practices to a rapid end. Indeed, it is pushing for interim measures to be operationalized at European level, which would require only a few words of regulatory change: replace the criteria of “irreparable damage” – which is impossible to prove – with “immediate damage”, as is the case in France, in order to make interim measures operational.
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