Margrethe Vestager

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Margrethe Vestager
Margrethe Vestager (2011).jpg
European Commissioner for Competition
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Preceded by Joaquín Almunia
Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark
In office
3 October 2011 – 2 September 2014
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded by Lars Barfoed
Succeeded by Morten Østergaard
Minister of the Economy and Interior
In office
3 October 2011 – 2 September 2014
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded by Brian Mikkelsen (Economy)
Bertel Haarder (Interior)
Succeeded by Morten Østergaard
Minister of Education
In office
23 March 1998 – 27 November 2001
Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Preceded by Ole Vig Jensen
Succeeded by Ulla Tørnæs
Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs
In office
23 March 1998 – 21 December 2000
Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Preceded by Ole Vig Jensen
Succeeded by Johannes Lebech
Personal details
Born (1968-04-13) 13 April 1968 (age 47)
Glostrup, Denmark
Political party Social Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Copenhagen

Margrethe Vestager (born 13 April 1968 at Glostrup, Zealand) is a Danish politician, who served as a Member of Parliament (Folketing) since 20 November 2001, representing the Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre).

Early life and education[edit]

A daughter of Hans Vestager and Bodil Tybjerg,[1] she matricultaed from Varde Upper Secondary school in 1986. She studied at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1993 with a degree in Economics.[2]

Vestager speaks Danish, English and some French.[3]

Political career[edit]

At the age of 21, Vestager was appointed to the central board and executive committee of the SLP and its European Affairs Committee, and shortly afterwards as National Chairwoman of the Party.

In 2001, Vestager was elected to the Danish Parliament, becoming Chairwoman of its Parliamentary Group in 2007. She was appointed Minister of Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs in 1998.

On 15 June 2007 Vestager secured election as her Party's parliamentary group leader in the Folketing, replacing Marianne Jelved.[4] From 2011 until 2014 she served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic and Interior Affairs in the government of Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

European Commissioner for Competition, 2014–present[edit]

On 31 August 2014, Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt nominated her as Denmark's EU Commissioner in the Juncker Commission.[5] Despite her repeated denials of campaigning for the Environment portfolio,[6][7] eventually she was designated the Competition dossier in the Juncker Commission.[8] She brought charges against Google within her few months in the office. Her predecessor, Joaquin Almunia, had opened investigation into Google in 2010. But after five years, three failed settlement attempts were all he had to show for his efforts. Due to this the case had taken on a political hue in Europe and once she announced a formal complaint, the reaction in United States was similarly charged. To United States, the case appeared as baseless, protectionist & a direct attack on the US. However, Vesteger played down these concerns with her statement to USA today, "As one of my daughter said to me: I don't think about Google as an American company instead of a European company, I just like the services they can give me". This comment provided some well-timed damage control & the final announcement about the charges in Google was made on April 15 which coincided with her trip to US. She is considered a good bureaucrat and a sophisticated politician for handling the Google case.

In this position below are her responsibilities:

  1. Mobilising competition policy tools and market expertise to contribute, where appropriate, to creating jobs and promoting growth.
  2. Developing the economic and legal approach of assessing competition issues and monitoring the market.
  3. Effectively enforcing competition rules in the areas of antitrust, cartels, mergers and state aid.
  4. Strengthening the Commission's reputation worldwide and promoting international cooperation in competition issues.

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Other activities[edit]

  • Royal Greenland, Member of the Board of Advisors (2004-2007)[10]
  • UNICEF Denmark, Member of the Executive Committee (2007-2011)[11]
  • Trilateral Commission, Member (2010-2011)[12]
  • Blaagaards Seminarium, Chairwoman of the Board (2006-2009)[13]
  • University College Copenhagen, Member of the Board (2006-2009)[14]
  • Copenhagen Business School, Institute for Management, Politics, and Philosophy, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board (2003-2008)[15]

Personal life[edit]

Vestager’s husband is a high-school level maths-and-philosophy teacher. They have three daughters - Maria, Rebecca, and Ella. Her eldest daughter is preparing for medical university 2016 batch. She serves as an inspiration for the main character in Borgen (also the name of Denmark's parliament), who tries to juggle family life and politics. [16]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Grethe Erichsen
Chairperson of the Social Liberal Party
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Johannes Lebech
Preceded by
Marianne Jelved
Leader of the Social Liberal Party in the Folketing
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Marianne Jelved
Leader of the Social Liberal Party
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Morten Østergaard
Political offices
Preceded by
Ole Vig Jensen
Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Johannes Lebech
Minister of Education
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Ulla Tørnæs
Preceded by
Lars Barfoed
Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Morten Østergaard
Preceded by
Brian Mikkelsen
as Minister of the Economy
Minister of the Economy and Interior
2011–2014
Preceded by
Bertel Haarder
as Minister of the Interior
Preceded by
Connie Hedegaard
Danish European Commissioner
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joaquín Almunia
European Commissioner for Competition
2014–present