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The EU's antitrust head honcho has said that Google has until early July to tell him how it's going to change itself enough to sort out its dominant position in the marketplace.

Google has repeatedly made out that it doesn't know what the EU's antitrust division is going on about, but is of course open to conversations with officials.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia sent the Chocolate Factory a letter towards the end of May informing it of the EU's concerns about its business practices, including possibly favouring its own services in search results, and asking the web giant to come up with some "remedies".

In a speech today, Almunia said that he wanted to give Google the chance to offer some remedy proposals so it could avoid "lengthy proceedings".

"By early July, I expect to receive from Google concrete signs of their willingness to explore this route," he said.

He also warned that if the Chocolate Factory didn't come up with anything good, it would be pursuing the case.

"In case we engage in negotiations to address our concerns and the proposals we receive turn out to be unsatisfactory, formal proceedings will continue through the adoption of a Statement of Objections*," Almunia said.

"[But] I strongly believe that users and competitors would greatly benefit from a quick resolute of the case," he added. ®

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* The EU's statements of objections are its version of a charge sheet listing all its issues.

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