Joaquin Almunia told lawmakers in the European Parliament that the new offer by Google better addressed concerns that Google search buries its competitors in its results.
"We have reached a key moment in this case," he said. "Now with the significant improvements on the table I think we have the possibility to work again." The commissioner said a decision could be expected next spring.
In September, Google offered further concessions aimed at ending a three-year investigation into complaints it was blocking competitors in order to avert a possible $5 billion fine.
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