Google and the European Union haven't been on great terms recently. The Mountain View-based tech giant is currently facing accusations about allegedly breaking EU competition laws with its Android-related practices, in addition to defending itself against identical allegations regarding its search business. As if that wasn't enough, recent reports suggest that the EU is also considering opening an antitrust investigation into AdWords. Sure, one could say that these types of lawsuits come with the territory but it's not often that a major entity such as the EU is looking into a single company on so many different levels at the same time. Add to that list, the news that the European Commission was also preparing to open an investigation into Google's controversial tax deals – like the one that was recently made with the United Kingdom in January.
However, it seems that Google may actually catch a break on this one, at least according to the latest statement made by Margrethe Vestager, the EU's chief competition commissioner. Speaking to reporters earlier today, Vestager asserted that no investigation into Google's tax dealings is currently in the works as she hasn't received any formal complaints regarding them since January. As Vestager and her officials already have their hands full with antitrust cases against the Mountain View-based company, it's not surprising that they aren't too keen on opening additional investigations of their own volition. Speaking of open cases, Vestager also explained that Google was recently given the fourth extension in the Android antitrust case because the Commission sees no point in rushing the tech giant given how they're confident they'll prove the company's guilt and are also using the extra time to additionally reinforce their argument.
Furthermore, the chief competition commissioner also stated that antitrust dealings take time and once again asked everyone for patience. She wasn't willing to give any predictions regarding specific time frames for the proceedings but assured the press that both cases against Google are high on her priority list. The next hearing in the Android antitrust case is scheduled for October 31st when Google is expected to respond to EU's allegations about anti-competitive practices related to the Android operating system.