About: Magrethe Vestager

Competition 18-05-2020

Vestager: Discrepancy in state aid distorts single market, hampers recovery

The European Union's competition chief Margrethe Vestager has expressed concern about the "huge differences" in coronavirus state aid among member states, saying they were starting to distort the bloc's single market.
Politics 15-05-2020

Tweets of the Week: Hungary Debate, Summer Holidays, Brexit Talks

Orban’s dictatorship makes MEPs mad, summer holidays would make everyone glad, and resumed Brexit talks are going pretty bad.
Global Europe 13-05-2020

Commission proposes gradual lifting of borders, in bid to save Europe’s summer

The European Commission on Wednesday (13 May) set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, proposing a gradual lifting of borders in an attempt to kick start a tourism sector hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital 19-02-2020

The commission‘s digital strategy: More competition, less emissions

In its digital strategy published on Wednesday (19 February), the European Commission committed itself to fostering 'Technology that works for the people' by increasing the digital prowess of European citizens and companies, doubling down on the market power of tech giants and tapping into ICT’s potential for sustainability.
Energy 16-01-2020

Is Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear plant in line with EU competition law?

A Bulgarian lawyer has sent an eight-page letter to the European Commission pointing to various alleged violations of EU competition rules relating to the oft-delayed Belene nuclear power plant, EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Digital 03-01-2020

Digital in 2020: A geopolitical programme

Departing from a tumultuous 2019, in which several tech behemoths faced the ire of European regulators, the forthcoming twelve months in the digital arena will prove to be lively in terms of EU policy.
Data protection 23-10-2019

Why the EU leads in digital regulation, but lags in digital innovation

In its efforts to harmonise the digital legislation of its 28 countries, the European Union has accidentally become the world’s digital regulator – while ceding ground to other digital innovators.
Digital 17-09-2019

Apple says $14 bln EU tax order ‘defies reality and common sense’

Apple launched a legal challenge against Brussels in an EU top court on Tuesday (17 September), saying the European Union's 2016 order for the company to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland "defies reality and common sense".
Agrifood 16-09-2019

Agriculture DG loses state aid oversight to boost competition rules

In an unexpected move, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has decided to move state aid competences in farming and fisheries from two directorates-general, Agriculture and Maritime affairs and fisheries, to DG Competition.
Politics 12-09-2019

Von der Leyen’s Commission: More presidentialist, more parliamentarian

The College put forward by Ursula von der Leyen builds on lessons learned from the sometimes negative experience of the Juncker Commission, writes Robert Stüwe.
Global Europe 27-06-2019

Trump takes aim at Vestager: ‘She hates the US’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (26 June) suggested the European Union was out of line in "suing" US technology companies like Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google, saying legal action against those firms should be the purview of the United States.
EU Elections 2019 21-06-2019

Tsipras: Unlike Weber, Timmermans and Vestager had wide support

The EPP’s “party choice” of Manfred Weber killed the Spitzenkandidaten process as two other candidates, socialist Frans Timmermans and liberal Margrethe Vestager, also had to be dropped despite actually enjoying wider support in the EU Council, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday (21 June).
EU Elections 2019 21-06-2019

Macron: ‘No majority for Mr. Weber’ and other Spitzenkandidats

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday (21 June) the three so-called Spitzenkandidaten – or lead candidates – for the European Commission presidency had each failed to receive enough support among European Union leaders in Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2019

How to pick the next saviour of the euro

EU leaders will try to pick the new European Central Bank president on Thursday evening (20 June), in times when further monetary flexibility is becoming more likely, but EU officials and diplomats have warned against politicising the election of Mario Draghi's successor.
Competition 03-06-2019

French economy ministry wants to overhaul EU competition policies

The French Ministry of Economy wants to change competition practices and trade policy in Europe. Its proposals also aim to tackle new digital conglomerates. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Vestager: Voice of the people asking for change must be respected

Margrethe Vestager is the Commissioner for competition and the lead candidate for the Liberals in the race for the European Commission presidency. As the European People’s Party and the Socialists will not able to form a majority, she might be the ‘Queenmaker’ in this game of thrones.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2019

EU tells Britain to reclaim illegal tax breaks offered to multinationals

A preferential UK tax scheme designed to attract multinational companies partially violated EU state aid rules, the European Commission concluded on Tuesday (2 April), calling on British authorities to recover the undue tax breaks, only a few days away from Brexit.  
Digital 28-09-2018

EU regulators want to know if merchants hurt by Amazon copies

EU antitrust regulators are asking retailers and manufacturers whether Amazon’s sales of own brand products similar to theirs have harmed their business, a move which could lead to a formal case and possibly fines against the U.S. tech giant.
Google fined, EU Japan signed, and Trump outcry
Politics 20-07-2018

Tweets of the Week: Google fined, EU Japan signed, and Trump outcry

Welcome to EU Tweets of the Week. This week, Google hit with massive fine, Japan and EU sign on the line and Trump-Europe relationship in serious decline.
Elections 05-02-2018

Summit to set rules in race to succeed Juncker

The race to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the first post-Brexit European Commission begins later this month – and in typical EU style it is starting with a row about how the race should be run.
Economy & Jobs 21-11-2017

Vestager: EU will act if OECD fails on taxing internet giants

The European Union will take measures to tax US tech giants if the international community doesn't agree to a new system early next year, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (21 November).

EU denounces ‘shocking’ Paradise Papers revelations

The European Union on Monday (6 November) denounced the "shocking" revelations on the way top companies and dignitaries, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, avoid taxes using offshore wealth hubs.
18-01-2017

The Brief: Can a weak president make the European Parliament stronger?

Antonio Tajani’s election as president of the European Parliament was not greeted with much enthusiasm.
Languages & Culture 22-09-2016

Spanish promotion of regional languages did not breach state aid rules

The European Commission cleared Spain on Tuesday (21 September) of any wrongdoing after investigating its granting of public subsidies to regional language schemes. EURACTIV Spain reports.
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