About: Margrethe Vestager

Freedom of thought 05-04-2017

Commission to debate Hungary’s ‘illiberal’ drift on 12 April

The Juncker Commission will hold a “first debate” over the drift toward ‘illiberal democracy’ in Hungary at its next meeting on Wednesday (12 April), with First Vice-President Frans Timmermans making a presentation.

LuxLeaks whistleblowers handed reduced sentences on appeal

A Luxembourg court yesterday (16 March) gave reduced sentences on appeal to two LuxLeaks whistleblowers convicted of leaking thousands of documents that revealed tax breaks for multinational firms.

Energy 14-03-2017

Commission leaning towards Nord Stream 2 approval

As the European Commission announced a settlement with Gazprom on Monday (13 March), officials told EURACTIV.com it was "highly likely" that the executive will approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Competition 08-03-2017

Commission fines car suppliers €155 million

Germany's Mahle Behr, France’s Valeo and four Japanese firms (Panasonic, Calsonic, Denso, Sanden) were accused on Wednesday (8 March) of taking part in one or more cartels

Energy 07-03-2017

Hungary wins final EU approval for Russian-built nuclear plant

The European Commission cleared on Monday (6 March) the last hurdle for Hungary’s nuclear project Paks II despite outstanding concerns about the role of the national regulator and spent fuel management.

Competition 08-02-2017

Car battery cartel ordered to pay €68 million fine

The European Commission fined three recycling companies a total of €68 million for creating a car battery cartel. Campine, Eco-Bat Technologies and Recylex were found to have fixed the prices of scrap automotive batteries, breaching EU antitrust rules.

Public Affairs 18-01-2017

Vestager tipped for Commission vice-presidency

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager should take over Kristalina Georgieva's Commission vice-presidency , as a result of the new alliance between the European People’s Party and liberal ALDE groups, sources told EURACTIV France.

Future EU 23-12-2016

Top 10 faces that will define Europe’s 2017

The European Union enters 2017 under pressure from both external and internal forces, facing challenges on all fronts and experiencing a surge by anti-EU nationalists across the continent itself. Who will have the biggest impact on the sequel to what has been an annus horribilis for the bloc?

Digital 20-12-2016

Facebook gave misleading information during WhatsApp buyout, Commission says

The European Commission could fine Facebook up to €170 million after it accused the social media giant with providing misleading information during its acquisition of WhatsApp.

Euro & Finance 20-12-2016

Brussels discloses full decision on Apple’s tax schemes

The European Commission released yesterday (19 December) its full decision on Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland. The document reveals the details of the tech giant's tax scheme for the first time in Europe.

Euro & Finance 19-12-2016

Ireland set out arguments against EU in Apple tax ruling

Ireland set out its arguments on Monday (19 December) against a European Commission ruling that tech firm Apple should pay billions in back-taxes to Dublin, claiming the EU executive arm has interfered in state sovereignty.

Trade & Society 12-12-2016

EU fines Sony, Panasonic and Sanyo €166m in battery cartel case

The European Commission has hit Sony, Panasonic and Sanyo with a €166 million fine after finding the three tech giants guilty of forging a cartel for rechargeable batteries.

07-12-2016

Commission fines banks €485 million for derivatives cartel

The European Commission fined JP Morgan (€337 million), Crédit Agricole (€114 million) and HSBC (€33 million) on Wednesday (7 December) for participating in a cartel in euro interest rate derivatives initially unveiled in December 2013.

Public Affairs 02-12-2016

Oettinger was ‘the wrong Commissioner in that private plane’, Vestager says

Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane belonging to a lobbyist alleged to Kremlin ties if he wanted to influence the European Commission's decision on the Paks II nuclear plant case, Margrethe Vestager said.

Future EU 02-12-2016

Vestager: Men have had informal quotas for hundreds of years

Margrethe Vestager won the “European woman of power” award last night (1 December). She told EURACTIV.com in an interview that she supports gender quotas in the public institutions. She also said Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane.

Tired of the founding fathers? Let’s celebrate the women building Europe

Gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable Europe that has the buy in of its citizens - and this includes women at the heart of all decision-making, write Joanna Maycock and Petros Fassoulas.

Energy 22-11-2016

Leaked memo reveals EU infighting over renewable energy support

EXCLUSIVE / A draft compromise struck between the European Commission and the German government over future support for renewable energies in Europe has come under attack by legal experts in the Commission’s own competition directorate, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Public Affairs 22-11-2016

Transparency International: EU must fight corruption in order to beat populism

Creeping populism is seducing thousands of citizens who seem to swallow the anti-elite narrative attacking corrupt officials, but the European Union - which has a positive track record in fighting clientelist schemes - must preach for more transparency to unsettle nationalists’ claims, says the boss of Transparency International.

World’s most powerful women – and where to find them

The world is still mostly led by men, but the balance could swing slightly towards women of power today (8 November), when the US goes to the polls to potentially elect its first female president. Here are some of the distinguished individuals Hillary Clinton could join. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Digital 07-11-2016

EU approves France’s scheme for very high speed broadband

European Union antitrust regulators today (7 November) approved France's €13 billion scheme to roll out very high speed broadband across the country, saying it did not unduly distort competition.

Energy 26-10-2016

EU to rule on Gazprom pipeline link to Germany by 31 October

The European Union will decide by Monday whether to ease restrictions on Russia's access to a gas pipeline link to Germany, two people close to the issue said yesterday (25 October).

Global Europe 24-10-2016

The Brief: Brussels Bubble’s Belgium-bashing is rude and revolting

It’s time for the Brussels Bubble to stop the Belgium-bashing. The latest outbreak of this unsightly epidemic came last week, after the Walloons blocked the CETA trade agreement with Canada.

EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2016

Macron promises to lead the ‘fight’ for Europe

Emmanuel Macron, the "non-candidate" for the French presidential election, presented his vision for the European Union at the Brussels Days event in the EU capital on Wednesday (19 October). EURACTIV France reports.

EU struggles for balance on free flow of business data

German industries have urged caution when the European Commission presents its free flow of data initiative next month, warning that excessive open data requirements risk exposing trade secrets and chilling investments in the digital economy.