Google is reportedly making progress towards a settlement with the EU in its search and advertising antitrust case.
The New York Times quoted a European Commission (EC) spokesperson in saying that recently-submitted proposals from Google were "a good basis for further talks" on settling the ongoing anti-trust case.
Google earlier this month introduced a proposal to the EC for a possible settlement in the case, though officials had not previously provided any comment on the proposal.
Google had been given until the end of July to submit a proposed settlement in the case. Joaquin Almunia, competition commissioner for the EC, had asked the company to hand over a list of proposals in order to expedite the case and "avoid lengthy proceedings in the matter."
Earlier this year, the EC began its proceedings against Google over possible anti-trust violations in the search and search advertising spaces.
The Commission had expressed concern that Google had taken advantage of its near-monopoly in the search market in order to drive out competitors and provide favourable results for its own services.
While the EC has laid out its case against Google, Almunia has long-favoured reaching a settlement with Google rather than undertaking a formal anti-trust case.
The report comes just hours after the EC announced that it would launching a separate anti-trust investigation targeting possible bid-fixing the optical drives market.
Google already claims to carry as much as 25 per cent of global internet traffic
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