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Parliamentary questions
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6 June 2018
Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000857/2018

Article 102 of the Treaty prohibits any behaviour of a dominant company which is such as to influence the structure of a market and which, through methods different from those governing normal competition, has the effect of hindering the degree of competition in the market or the growth of that competition, thereby harming consumers. The effect of hindering competition may however be counterbalanced or outweighed by efficiency advantages. Whether a particular conduct violates Article 102 of the Treaty depends on the circumstances of the case.

The Commission has not received any formal complaint concerning the practices that the Honourable Member raises in his question. As such, it is not actively investigating the behaviour in question.

However, the Commission actively monitors developments in the smartphone and tablet area and cannot exclude further enforcement action in this field.

Last updated: 7 June 2018Legal notice