As expected, antitrust regulators from the European Union’s 25 countries voted to support the European Commission’s attempt to fine Microsoft:
In a major step toward new penalties against Microsoft Corp., Europe’s antitrust regulators voted unanimously Monday to support fining the world’s largest software company for flouting a 2004 ruling, sources said.
The regulators backed EU plans to penalize the company but did not discuss the amount of the fine — which they will do at another meeting next week, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because no formal decision has been reached.
The European Commission threatened in December to levy fines of up to euro2 million (US$2.5 million) a day against Microsoft for not complying with an order to supply rivals with “complete and accurate” information to help them develop software that works smoothly with Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
Under the rules, the commission must consult regulators twice — once on the principle of the ruling and on the amount — before it announces the fine. Regulators agreed on the principle Monday.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 10 with a decision announced July 12.
Update 7/7: The EU has now confirmed that they will debate the Microsoft fines on Wednesday, July 12.