EU regulators are close to wrapping up their third Instance against Enforcement unit Google Between its AdSenseMarketing service, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, suggesting the company may soon be hit with another Heavy fine.
The comments from European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager come four months after she levied a listing EUR 4.34 billion ($5 billion) fine against Google for using its popular Android cellphone working system to block rivals.
That followed a EUR 2.4 billion fine imposed on the business this past year after it thwarted competitions of shopping comparison websites.
The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case as it accused Google of preventing third parties using its AdSense product from displaying search advertisements from Google’s competitors.
“We’re approaching the conclusion of the research,” Vestager told reporters at the Internet Summit in Lisbon when asked for an update on this analysis.
Google has denied the charges.
Vestager can fine companies up to 10 percent of their worldwide turnover for breaching EU rules.