Google has reached a settlement to close a three-year European Union antitrust case after it offered further concessions regarding the display of search results.
The internet giant has been at the centre of a probe since November 2010 after almost 20 companies accused Google of promoting its own services at their expense.
Google was being investigated over allegations that the company had pushed its own services such as Google News, copied competitors' content such as restaurant reviews, and signed deals with websites which distorted competition in the advertising industry.
To avoid a lengthy prosecution and a possible fine of up to $5 billion , the California-based technology giant offered a series of concessions to the EU authorities.
"I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now address the Commission's concerns," EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in a statement.