3/31/2006

US backs Microsoft in anti-trust row with EU

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:20 pm

Microsoft voiced hope for a last-ditch compromise in a long-running anti-trust dispute with the EU, as it emerged that US diplomats have weighed in to give provisional support to the software giant.

The upbeat tone came as talks between Microsoft and EU competition regulators resumed in Brussels, likely to be Microsoft’s last chance to avoid daily fines of up to two million euros (2.4 million dollars) a day.

Officials confirmed Friday that his efforts to persuade the EU not to slap fines on Microsoft are also being helped by US diplomats.

Specifically the US mission to the European Union has sent a letter to EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes, saying it would have “substantial concerns” if Microsoft was being treated unfairly, as it claims.

Source: AFP

 

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