News 14 february — 22:42

Google appeal against €2.4bn fine takes place at European Court of Justice

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The final hearing in Google's appeal against a huge €2.4bn fine imposed by the European Union was taking place on Friday at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, Euronews reports.

The Californian tech giant was sanction in 2017 over anti-competitive behaviour.

According to regulators, Google abused its market power at the expense of its rivals in search results for online shopping.

_Watch Euronews' interview with Financial Times EU correspondent Javier Espinoza on this case, in the video player above.

In 2017, the EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: "What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate."

She added: "Most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation."

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