Europeís top legislative body has sought out to reassure US firms that they arenít being singled out despite a recent proliferation of high profile antitrust allegations brought against several American tech companies. The European Commission for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, recently told The Wall Street Journal the following:

The American firms are allowed to have dominant positions, even monopolies here in the EU, according to our regulations. But nobody has a right to abuse its dominant position.
To help clarify things a bit, of the 81 companies that are affected by the European Commission antitrust decisions between 2010 and 2014, only 21 were American. When it comes to financial repercussions though, US companies have paid an outsized amount in comparison to their European counterparts. The US companies have paid a lot more largely due to the Ä561 million tariff levied against Microsoft in 2011. American tech companies accounted for nearly half of the Ä1.36 billion in fines handed down by the Commission over this time period.

For those of you who didnít know, the European Commission is the executive body of the European Union. The commission oversees any antitrust investigations against companies that are operating within the continent of Europe.

Source: The Wall Street Journal via AppleInsider