The European Union Parliament is posed to call for Google to break up into multiple businesses over antitrust concerns, according to a draft resolution reported on by the Financial Times. The resolution, which has the support of the EU’s two largest political parties, calls for the “unbundling (of) search engines from other commercial services” as a solution to Google’s dominance in the market.
This motion would be a major strike at the company, which has traditionally been at the center of controversies in Europe over its business practices. The company has been required to remove search results from its listings because of a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice about the “right to be forgotten.”
A parliamentary motion like this one wouldn’t have any power over Google, but it could sway the European Commission, which has investigated the Mountain View-based company for antitrust violations and holds the power to order a company to break up.
The antitrust settlement, which local politicians have criticized for going too easy on the tech titan, was finalized in February, though the EC said that it was re-opening the investigation in September following complaints.
The resolution should go to a vote next week.
A representative for Google declined to comment on this report.