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Over concern’s that a lack of competitiveness might be impeding growth in Europe’s own tech market, the European Parliament voted 384 to 174 towards a call for member states to “break down barriers to the growth of the EU’s digital single market”.

Google is not mentioned by name anywhere in the press release, but considering the ongoing antitrust investigation engaged by the European parliament against the internet giant, it seems clear to infer that Google will be at the center of this stage.  Today’s vote does not have any power against any company specifically, put instead “welcomes the Commission’s pledges to investigate further the search engines’ practices.”

The crux of the matter revolves around whether ‘the search engines’ practices’ include coupling searches with other services and thus creating circumstances where other businesses, particularly smaller business, may not be getting equal exposure.   Certain figures in the European Parliament have directly nominated Google as the worst offender in such cases.  Notably, Belgium MEP (Member European Parliament ) Marc Tarabella has been quoted:

Search engines today are not just search engines and Google is a clear example of this. It’s a search engine that also joins forces with the businesses referenced at the top of the first search page. This is harmful to small businesses, which want to get their names out there. They are disadvantaged and this in turn is harmful to European consumers, who don’t have access to the services offered by successful businesses.

But such accusations do not stem from the European Union alone.  In 2010, competitors to Google filled a complaint with the European Commission, which in turn sparked the initial antitrust scrutiny.

Today’s vote as well tackled provision attempting to ensure privacy, reliability and accessibility in cloud computing, as well as well as a stress on the importance of net neutrality.   These issues were set into motion in attempts to create a single digital market in Europe; that is, to create in Europe a set of circumstances where digital technologies would not be confined nationalistically.  It is expected that doing so would create €250 billion in growth, as well as creating numerous new jobs for European youth.


Matthew Campanella

A firm believer that technology is making the world a better place who hopes to share the revelation with other. Professional tramp, amateur writer. Huge nerd, occasional gamer.

  • europe:
    damn kids and their “google”

  • SevTheBear

    Here comes parliament… again

  • WhiteNut

    Well these people pushing for google’s split, instead of splitting and taking apart your competition maybe they should look at themselves and figure out why their company isn’t as big as google. There is a reason why google is a big and powerful juggernaut that it is. I mean notice, In 2010, competitors to Google filled a complaint, Of course they’re going to file a complaint they offer a worse service and can’t compete with google and they’re suffering for it. I do not see why we the users have to be punished because other companies are to inept to develop or design a service. It looks like they’re complaining about google doing so many different things inaddition to being a search engine but god forbid they do the same to like yahoo which offers email and a selection of games and new articles.This just strikes me as a children complaining because they want the profits without shelling out the work to earn it.

  • Quoting the news from the EU Parliament link:

    “The digital single market could generate an additional €260 billion a
    year for the EU economy, as well as boosting its competitiveness, says
    the text, which was approved by 384 votes to 174, with 56 abstentions.
    However, it warns that important challenges, such as market
    fragmentation, lack of interoperabilityas well as regional and
    demographic inequalities in access to the technology, need to be tackled
    in order to unlock this potential.”

    So, this so-called unbundling could, on the surface, generate sizeable revenue for the EU, but the press release curiously omits the projected cost of the aforementioned hurdles, not to mention how big a pain it’s going to be for users to have 15 accounts in order to acess every single thing.

    The rest of the ideas expressed are fine. Transparency, lawful conduct, net neutrality and common safety standards for cloud computing sound good (in theory, at least. Never trust politicians). However the search engine part makes it seem like they want to punish Google for being too successful.

  • hots

    “It’s a search engine that also joins forces with the businesses referenced at the top of the first search page. This is harmful to small businesses”
    That’s literally saying that because bigger companies can afford advertising that smaller companies are at a disadvantage.
    Einstein 2.0