Internet and Neutral Search
Safeguarding fair competition to the benefit of consumers and
businesses in Europe
Online publishers, digital entrepreneurs, consumer organisations and policy makers
discuss the need to enforce antitrust regulation and consumer protection.
|Date: 10th September 2014, 12.30 – 2:30 pm
Venue: Radisson Blu EU Hotel // Rue d’Idalie 35 // 1050 Brussels
European Institutions have to decide how to deal with this important matter. What should be done and how should politics react?
The European digital economy suffers from a far-reaching disorder that requires a broaderdebate by the European Institutions: The abuse of power by a market dominant player.
Today, Google operates a quasi-monopolistic search engine as well as a growing number of commercial services in adjacent markets. This conflict of interest leads Google to systematically manipulate ranking criteria in order to divert users to Google’s own offerings – misleading consumers and discriminating against rivals in organic as well as in sponsored, vertical search.
Since 2010, complainants from many EU countries have formally presented the case before the European Commission. The list of complainants includes small and medium-sized companies across the EU as well as BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation representing the interests of millions of European consumers.
During the past years, the European Commission undertook important steps to see through this complex matter and opened an investigation. In response, Google has proposed a settlement, but absurdly this only reinforces its market dominance and would cause more harm than good.
Discussion over Lunch
Opening (1 pm)
Markus Ferber, MEP (Vice-Chair, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, EP)
Monique Goyens (Director General, BEUC, Brussels)
Olivier Sichel (Chairman and CEO, Le Guide, Paris)
Robert M. Maier (Founder and CEO, Visual Meta GmbH, Berlin)
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