FairSearch Europe is an international non-profit association incorporated under Belgian Law. During its first year of operations FairSearch Europe was an informal, defacto platform.
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Avenue Louise, 65
P.O. box: 2
(+32) 02 533 5911
No single person has legal responsibility. As an association, FairSearch Europe will hold legal responsibility.
Ms Elizabeth de Bony
FairSearch Europe is an association that promotes innovation and choice across the Internet ecosystem by fostering and defending competition in online and mobile search within the European Union. It believes that existing laws should be enforced to prevent anticompetitive behaviour that harms consumers and to prevent new regulations from stifling innovation. It calls for two essential principles to be consistently applied:
Consumers – not search engines – should choose winners in the marketplace. Competition in the search marketplace benefits consumers through increased choice, innovation to improve products, and the transparent display of search results. When search providers discriminate by manipulating results in order to promote a favoured product and demote competitors, consumers suffer.
Consumers also benefit when a competitive market forces search providers to continue innovating and develop the best solutions for online search. No one company should be allowed to use its dominance to foreclose competitors from the search marketplace – particularly in high-traffic specialty segments such as travel, jobs, health, real estate, media and local search.
FairSearch Europe is allied with FairSearch.org, a US-based informal group of technology experts, innovative start-ups, online and mobile search businesses and organisations that have come together to advocate these positions in the US.
Digital Single Market
In accordance with the description of the organisation’s goals and remit (above), FairSearch Europe is focused on achieving a competitive market in both the online and mobile search markets. Our activities include
- Hosting industry forums and roundtables with technology experts, media, and consumer advocates;
- Researching, developing and publishing expert white papers on technology, competition and related legal issues;
- Producing educational materials and communications about Internet search and related services, and mobile search operating systems and apps – for example, blog posts, fact sheets, media interviews and other publicly available materials;
- Responding to inquiries from media, policymakers and other interested parties.
- Legal analyses
3 Full time equivalent staff including representatives of member companies are directly engaged in such activities, but only as a small percentage of his or her time.
|No accredited persons|
02/2014 - 02/2015
300,000 € - 399,999 €
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
The budget covers the activities of FairSearch Europe as set out above and the personnel costs needed to carry them out.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.