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Parliamentary questions
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1 August 2018
Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002595/2018

The Commission enforces EU competition rules with a view to ensuring a wide choice and the best price for consumers, as well as quality and innovations in the single market. In the area mentioned by the Honourable Member, on 18 July 2018, the Commission adopted a decision in case AT.40099 Google Android,(1) notably prohibiting Google from requiring mobile telephony devices which have the Google app store preinstalled to also have the Google Chrome browser preinstalled.

Beyond this, the compatibility of specific companies' behaviour with EU competition rules is dependent on the specific facts and circumstances of each case. The Commission is therefore not in a position to answer the question of the Honourable Member in general terms.

Concerning the harmonisation of chargers for data-enabled mobile telephones, the Commission, following expiration of the memorandum of understanding signed in 2009,(2) has encouraged adoption of a new voluntary agreement. However, given the unsatisfactory progress with this voluntary approach, the Commission will shortly launch an impact assessment study to evaluate costs and benefits of different other options.

(2)More information relevant to the common charger and the MoU is available at http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/electrical-engineering/red-directive/common-charger_en

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