Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission division responsible for Competition Policy released a statement today updating the world on the Commission’s one+ year-long antitrust investigation into Google.
The statement notes that the Commission has identified four areas of concern after completing it’s lengthy investigation – all related to search. Nothing on mobile. Almunia acknowledged Google’s willingness to work with the EC to allevate any concerns, and it looks like a settlement could be in the works.
But what is the most interesting party of this story is that the Commission will not be releasing a formal Statement of Objections against the company. This is huge news for Google and comes only weeks after the Federal Trade Commission announced that it hired famed litigator Beth Wilkinson to help in its own case against the company.