The European Union still can’t decide if Google’s massive presence in the web search business can be classified as an abuse of dominance that’s hurting competition for others in the field, reports Reuters.

Google has the majority of all search traffic requests, but an “abuse of dominance” is not the same as dominance itself, said EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia Friday.

In November 2010, the European Commission first opened up an investigation about the matter after rival companies like Microsoft accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the search market. If Google is found in violation of abusing its dominance, it could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its global financial turnover.

And Google wouldn’t be the first to suffer from such a ruling. In the past, the EU has fined both Microsoft and Intel with massive billion dollar violation fees for an abuse of dominance in the market.

According to the report, there are nine other antitrust complaints filed with EU regulators.

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