Briefing

Margrethe Vestager to get second term as EU competition commissioner

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Vestager will also oversee Europe’s digital policy with the new title “executive vice-president, Europe fit for the digital age.” The new commissioner will take office on November 1, pending approval by the European Parliament. (The Logic)

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Talking point: A two-term run is almost unheard of for EU competition commissioners—the only person who has served in this position for a comparable period was Hans von der Groeben, from 1958 to 1967; the position was established at the beginning of his term. Holding onto the position will allow Vestager, who has repeatedly challenged tech giants, to continue spearheading her ongoing investigations, including her probes of Facebook’s Libra digital coin and Amazon’s business practices. Her new role as executive-vice president for digital will also afford her new authority, as she will now be in charge of the commission’s policies on cybersecurity, industrial and big data, as well as Europe’s taxation of tech giants. Bringing competition and data regulation together under one position is unprecedented.