Margrethe Vestager

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Margrethe Vestager
Margrethe Vestager, ekonomi- och inrikesminister Danmark. Nordiska radets session i Kopenhamn 2011 (1).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 46)
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).

A daughter of Hans Vestager, she studied at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1993 with a degree in Economics.[1]

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.[2] From 2011 until 2014 she served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic and Interior Affairs in the government of Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

On 31 August 2014, Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt Vestager nominated her as Denmark's EU Commissioner in the Juncker Commission.[3] Despite her repeated denials of campaigning for the Environment portfolio,[4][5] eventually she was designated the Competition dossier in the Juncker Commission.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Camesasca, Peter; Cole, Miranda; Geradin, Damien; Ysewyn, Johan (10 September 2014). "New EU Competition Commissioner--Margrethe Vestager". The National Law Review (Covington & Burling LLP). Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Vestager, Margrethe.
  3. ^ "Vestager træder ud af regeringen og bliver EU-kommissær" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio. 31 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: The Juncker team revealed". Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Vestager afviser rygter: Jeg skal ikke være miljøkommissær". Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "The new structure of the Juncker Commission". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
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