Turkish Competition Board (“Board”), the competent decision-making body of the Turkish Competition Authority (“Authority), concluded the preliminary investigation conducted upon the complaints that Google abused its dominant position in the global search engine market and complicated its competitors’ activities in the online shopping services market. Following a thorough evaluation on the information, documents obtained during the preliminary investigation phase, the Board decided to initiate a fully-fledged investigation against Google Reklamcılık ve Pazarlama Ltd. Şti., Google International LLC, Google LLC, Google Ireland Limited (all together “Google”) to determine whether Google abused its dominant position as per Article 6 of Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition.
This will be the second investigation initiated against Google by the Board. As you know through the first investigation, the Board reviews whether (i) Google’s conducts on the markets for mobile operating system and mobile applications; and (ii) Google’s exclusivity agreements with original equipment manufacturers violated Article 4 and 6 of Law No. 4054 which prohibits anti-competitive agreements among firms and abuse of dominant position by dominant firms. This investigation is reached to the oral hearing phase and the oral hearing will be held on August 28, 2018. The Board render its decision within 15 days following the oral hearing.
We will see whether Commission’s huge fine will provide the Board with any incentive to impose administrative monetary fine on Google.