March 20, 2019 / 10:35 AM / a month ago

EU antitrust chief to hold news conference at 1100 GMT

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager talks to the media at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will hold a news conference on an antitrust case at 1100 GMT, 30 minutes later than initially announced, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Vestager is expected to announce a third fine for Alphabet unit Google over anti-competitive practices, related to its AdSense advertising service, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters last week.

Last year, Vestager imposed a record 4.34 billion euro (3.7 billion pounds) fine on Google for using its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals. This followed a 2.4 billion euro fine levied in 2017 for blocking rivals of shopping comparison websites.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alastair Macdonald

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