The European Commission is investigating whether Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI falls under the EU merger control regulation. This preliminary review follows similar investigations by U.S. and U.K. antitrust authorities into Microsoft’s investment of up to $13 billion in OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT. Microsoft reportedly owns 49 percent of OpenAI. The Commission is also investigating agreements between major players in the digital market and developers and providers of generative AI, and the impact of these partnerships on market dynamics. Interested parties have until March 11, 2024 to submit comments and complaints.
We are inviting businesses and experts to tell us about any competition issues that they may perceive in these industries, whilst also closely monitoring AI partnerships to ensure they do not unduly distort market dynamics.
Margrethe Vestager, Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for competition policy