The EU antitrust chief press conference at 1030 GMT, Google is likely in focus

FILE PHOTO: European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager in conversation with the media at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a press conference on an antitrust case against 1030 GMT (11: 30 am Brussels time, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Vestager is expected to announce a third penalty for the Alphabet unit Google over anti-competitive practices, related to the AdSense ad service, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters last week.

Last year, Vestager imposed a record 4.34 billion euros ($4.91 billion) fine on Google for the use of the popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals. This followed a 2.4 billion euro fine levied in 2017 for the block of competitors of shopping comparison websites.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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