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
Designate
Taking office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Succeeding 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

Margrethe Vestager (born 13 April 1968 in Glostrup) is a Danish politician representing the Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre). She has been a Member of Parliament (the Folketing) since 20 November 2001. On 15 June 2007 she was appointed parliamentary group leader of her party, replacing Marianne Jelved.[1] On October 3, 2011, she became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic and Interior Affairs under the government of Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

On 31 August 2014, Thorning-Schmidt announced that Vestager will step out of the government to become the Danish EU commissioner in the Juncker Commission.[2] It has been reported that she will get the Environment dossier,[3] but that has been denied by Vestager herself.[4] She was eventually given the Competition seat in the Juncker commission.[5]

Vestager earned economics degree the University of Copenhagen in 1993.[6] At the age of 21, she joined the central board and executive committee of the SLP and of the European Affairs Committee. Upon graduating, Vestager immediately became National Chairwoman of the Party, until she became Minister of Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs in 1998.

In 2001, she was elected to a seat in the Danish Parliament and became Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Group in 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vestager, Margrethe. The Folketing.
  2. ^ "Vestager træder ud af regeringen og bliver EU-kommissær" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio. 31 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: The Juncker team revealed". Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vestager afviser rygter: Jeg skal ikke være miljøkommissær". Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "The new structure of the Juncker Commission". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  6. ^ 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. 
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
Designate

2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joaquín Almunia
European Commissioner for Competition
Designate

2014–present