US President Barack Obama hit out at the EU for its scrutiny of companies like Google and Facebook, which he believes is driven by a desire to protect European tech companies.
Search giant Google is currently embroiled in a four-year probe into its dominant position in Europe’s search engine market.
“Sometimes the European response here is more commercially-driven than anything else,” said Obama during an interview with technology site Re/Code.
“This point – that regulations are only there to shelter our companies – is out of line,” a European Commission spokesperson told the Financial Times.
“Regulation should make it easier for non-EU companies to access the single market. It is in [US companies’] interest that things are enforced in a uniform manner,” the spokesperson added.