EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google

The motion was passed with 384 votes for and 174 against

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EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google Schwab said he had nothing against Google and was a regular user. "I use Google every day". (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  November 30, 2014

European Union lawmakers have backed a motion urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, Reuters reported.

The non-binding resolution, which was passed with 384 votes for and 174 against, is the strongest public signal yet of Europe's concern with the growing power of US tech giants.

German conservative lawmaker and co-sponsor of the bill Andreas Schwab said it was a political signal to the European Commission, which is tasked with ensuring a level playing field for business across the 28-country bloc.

"Monopolies in whatever market have never been useful, neither for consumers nor for the companies," he said.

Schwab said he had nothing against Google and was a regular user. "I use Google every day".

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said she will review the case and talk to complainants before deciding on the next step.

France and Germany also called on for a review of the EU's competition rules to ensure global Internet companies could successfully be targeted.

They wrote to the Commission asking it to launch a public consultation "to discuss the framework that should be applied to these economic actors, to see if today's competition rules allow us to target the behaviors of these companies," said Axelle Lemaire, French state secretary for digital affairs.

Lemaire said the two governments wanted to make sure the tax optimisation strategies used by companies to lower their corporate tax rates "are no longer possible".

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