Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager is a Danish politician and European Commissioner in the Von der Leyen Commission, currently serving as Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age since December 2019 and European Commissioner for Competition since 2014. Vestager is a member of the Danish Social Liberal Party, and of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) on the European level.

Prior to joining the European Commission, she served in the Danish governments of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen as Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs from 1998 to 2000 and Minister of Education from 1998 to 2001. She was leader of the Social Liberals from 2007 to 2014, and served as Minister of Economic Affairs and the Interior under government of Helle Thorning-Schmidt from 2011 to 2014.

Following the 2014 European Parliament election, Vestager was nominated as Denmark’s European Commissioner in the Juncker Commission,becoming Commissioner for Competition.In the 2019 European Parliament election, she was one of ALDE’s seven lead candidates. After the election, Vestager was nominated as the Renew Europe group’s candidate for President of the European Commission. After the election of Ursula von der Leyen as President, Vestager was re-nominated as Denmark’s Commissioner. She retained her Competition portfolio while also becoming one of the Commission’s three Executive Vice Presidents, with responsibility for “A Europe Fit for the Digital Age”.

In her capacity as Commissioner for Competition, Vestager has gained international recognition for investigating, fining, or bringing lawsuits against major multinational companies including GoogleApple Inc.Amazon,FacebookQualcomm and Gazprom. She has been described as “the rich world’s most powerful trustbuster” and “the world’s most famous regulator”.

Trusting in Digital Governance

March 12   |   4PM CT

Tune in to this featured session with European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, who has gained a strong reputation as a global leader in democratic digital governance, to hear what the United States and Europe can do together to defend democracy and human rights in an automated world.

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