Firms criticise EU concessions from Google

EUROPEAN regulators yesterday revealed the compromises Google has offered it in an effort to avoid a massive fine.

The technology giant has proposed a number of changes to its search engine, including displaying prominent links to rival services, as well as clearly highlighting the other services it builds into search results, such as maps.

The EU Competition Commission has accused Google of abusing its dominance in search to push its other services, such as shopping comparison. It said yesterday it was giving the many firms who had complained about Google’s dominance a month to respond, but complainants immediately moved to dismiss the compromises.

David Wood of ICOMP, a lobby group that represents several complainants, said the changes would have little effect, since they apply only to European versions of the service, rather than the widely-used

“At first sight [the proposals] don’t look promising,” he said.