About: Margrethe Vestager

Future EU 29-05-2019

EU job carousel keeps turning as new hires announced

While government leaders clashed Tuesday evening (28 May) over who should lead the main EU institutions, less glamorous yet important jobs were being doled out.
EU Elections 2019 28-05-2019

Gender balance becomes paramount in race for top EU jobs

Initial battle lines were drawn between member states over who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President on Tuesday (28 May) as EU leaders met to discuss “no names, just process”, in preparation for a decisive summit in June.
EU Elections 2019 28-05-2019

Parliament calls for Spitzenkandidat to be respected, liberals oppose it

The process of naming the next Commission president should respect the Spitzenkandidaten system, the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament said in a joint statement on Tuesday (28 May), despite opposition from the liberal ALDE group.
Future EU 28-05-2019

EU leaders launch hunt to fill Brussels’ top jobs

European leaders descend on Brussels on Tuesday (28 May) to launch the hunt for a new generation of top EU officials in the wake of elections that shook up traditional alliances.
EU Elections 2019 16-05-2019

European election list leaders unite against the right

The main candidates for the European Commission's presidency opposed Manfred Weber, the candidate of the European People's Party (EPP), despite it being the group that will likely come out as the winner in the elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Competition 13-05-2019

Commission fines AB InBev for protecting higher Jupiler beer prices in Belgium

The European Commission fined AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, €200.4 million for restricting cross-border sales of Jupiler to protect higher prices of its top-selling beer in Belgium.
Data protection 10-05-2019

Vestager calls for more access to data for smaller platforms

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager made a suggestion at the re:publica conference in Berlin: "Access to data has to be redesigned so that newcomers can compete with big tech giants".  In a discussion with EURACTIV, she also drew parallels with a recent complaint by Spotify and similar lawsuits. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 09-05-2019

MEP: ‘We are continuing to sell European spyware to dictators’

Welcome to the inaugural edition of EURACTIV's Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. 

Margrethe Vestager, a competitive approach to environmental policy

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, a Liberal candidate to be the next Commission President, believes the key to improving Europe’s environment and fighting climate change will be implementing the laws already on the books.
Competition 10-04-2019

Vestager campaigns on hostile French territory

Danish Commissioner Vestager, centrist figurehead and part of French Macronists' future family in the European Parliament, does not have support from the French government for fear she will stand in the way of French candidate Michel Barnier. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 05-04-2019

Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday (4 April).
Future EU 02-04-2019

Vestager woos Altmaier with industry pitch

European Commission candidate Margrethe Vestager found a lot of common ground with German economy minister Peter Altmaier on Monday (1 April), as the Dane’s campaign appeared to gain momentum.
Competition 20-03-2019

Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for illegal practices

The European Commission fined Google €1.49 billion on Wednesday (20 March), after concluding that Google had breached EU laws by restricting rival online advertising services to access third-party websites. 
Competition 20-03-2019

Google braces for multi-million fine in final EU antitrust case

The European Commission is expected to fine Google over its online advertisement services today (20 March), bringing an end to the last outstanding case in a decade-long antitrust battle with the American digital giant. 
EU Elections 2019 20-03-2019

Vestager joins EU Commission presidency race

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager will compete to be the next president of the European Commission, as Europe’s liberals are set to name the Dane among a team of lead candidates that also includes Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium's former Prime Minister.
Competition 26-02-2019

Barcelona and Madrid clubs team up to defeat Commission over tax regimes

Spanish football teams Real Madrid, Barcelona, Osasuna and Athletic Club Bilbao will not have to repay tax bills, after EU judges said on Tuesday that their tax regimes were lawful, contrary to the European Commission’s verdict.
EU Elections 2019 19-02-2019

Vestager ranked best EU Commissioner, favourite to succeed Juncker

EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is the clear favourite to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission, according to the results of a Europe-wide online survey unveiled today (19 February).
Competition 06-02-2019

Six takeaways from Siemens-Alstom rejection

The European Commission decided on Wednesday (6 February) to block the merger of Siemens and Alstom, meant to create a European champion in the railway sector, due to the negative impact it would have on the European market and consumers.
EU Elections 2019 29-01-2019

Germany’s liberals sign off on European election programme

At its European party congress on Sunday (27 January), the liberal FDP party elected Nicola Beer as its Spitzenkandidat and also adopted its election programme. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Competition 10-01-2019

Commission investigates if Netherlands benefited Nike with tax bill

The European Commission decided on Thursday (10 January) to open an in-depth investigation to determine whether the Netherlands had breached EU rules by allowing Nike to cut its tax bill through complex financial schemes.
Energy 20-12-2018

Fact-check: Did EU gas liberalisation rules put Bulgaria’s national security at risk?

Bulgarian minister Temenuzhka Petkova has said her country preferred paying a multi-million euro fine rather than follow a Commission injunction. Such a reform, in her words, would have threatened the country's national security. EURACTIV checked the facts.
Economy & Jobs 19-12-2018

19 EU countries call for new antitrust rules to create ‘European champions’

A total of 19 EU governments have proposed updating the EU’s antitrust rules in order to facilitate the emergence of European industrial giants able to face “fierce competition” from the US and China.
Energy 17-12-2018

Vestager: We would have preferred to close the Bulgaria gas case without a fine

The Commission imposed on Monday (17 December) a multi-million fine on Bulgaria’s BEH for blocking access to key natural gas infrastructure in the country. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the fine could have been avoided, had Sofia decided to follow another negotiation strategy.
Competition 12-12-2018

Commission to fine Bulgaria over gas market distortions

The European Commission will fine Bulgarian Energy Holding as early as this month for hindering rivals’ access to key gas infrastructure, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday (11 December), based on information from three sources familiar with the dossier.

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