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EU levies record 2.4 billion euro fine against Google

谷歌壟斷市場 歐盟開罰八百二十六億創新紀錄

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

The EU took punitive action against Google on June 27, issuing the company with a record 2.4 billion euro (approx. NT$82.6 billion) antitrust fine.



It is the biggest fine levied by the EU in an antitrust case since it slapped a 1.06-billion-euro fine on US chipmakers Intel in 2009.


Although the figure sets a new record for a fine imposed by the EU, it is considerably lower than the maximum possible penalty of 8 billion euros under EU law. It is equivalent to 10 percent of Google’s turnover last year.


Google issued a statement on June 27 saying it respectfully disagrees with the EU’s decision and is considering an appeal. The EU accused Google of giving its own online shopping service, Google Shopping, excessive priority in search results, which disadvantaged alternative price comparison services such as TripAdvisor and Expedia.


歐盟指控谷歌在搜尋結果中太過偏袒自家的網購服務Google Shopping ,對TripAdvisor 和Expedia等其他比價服務造成傷害。

In a statement, EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said: ““What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate.”


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