It has been claimed that antitrust officials in the European Union intend to strengthen their probe of Apple by adding new evidence, despite the fact that no additional charges would be made.
In 2021, the European Commission stated that Apple was in violation of competition regulations in the region due to the fact that the rules that it had implemented for the App Store gave an unfair advantage to Apple Music.
According to a report that was published by Reuters on Wednesday, EU competition watchdogs are planning to submit additional evidence in the hopes of accelerating the case.
During that time period, competition enforcers outlined their accusations in the form of a statement of objections. Earlier in the year 2022, the authorities had considered sending a supplementary statement of objections, which may have brought further evidence to the case.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple is anticipated to receive a letter of facts from the Commission instead. New evidence is frequently included in a letter of facts to support the initial charges. The new evidence can be countered by written representations from companies.
At this point, it’s unclear what additional evidence the letter might contain or how it will affect the investigation’s progress. According to reports, the decision to deliver the letter of facts in the first place has not yet been made.
For the first time in the European Union, Apple was subjected to a serious antitrust examination after a complaint was lodged against the business by Spotify. The lawsuit alleged that Apple unjustly barred competitors from its own Apple Music streaming service.
The European Union is also looking into Apple Pay. It was reported in May that Apple’s payment platform violated antitrust laws as well.
The European Union is also developing legislation that would prohibit numerous practices deemed anticompetitive under the prospect of hefty fines as well.