Appointment of Margrethe Vestager as Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Denmark's Margrethe Vestager as Executive Vice-President for a 'Europe Fit for Digital Age', in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Margrethe Vestager was widely rumoured as one of the contenders for the presidency of the European Commission. Despite the unsuccessful bid, Ms Vestager was given a senior vice-presidency position under Ursula von der Leyen. In charge of the competition portfolio in the previous College of Commissioners, the Danish politician was offered the same role while also taking on new digital-focused responsibilities.

The Danish government signalled in June 2019 Ms Vestager would be put forward as the country's proposal for the new College of Commissioner. She was formally announced on 9 September by the President of the European Commission. Her portfolio was known on the following day.

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Commentary and Analysis
Politico, 10/09/2019: Margrethe Vestager’s vast new powers https://www.politico.eu/article/european-commission-vice-president-digital-margrethe-vestager-competition/
Politico, 18/09/2019: Margrethe Vestager’s second chance https://www.politico.eu/article/margrethe-vestager-competition-digital-europe-tax-privacy-data-european-commision/
Bloomberg, 10/09/2019: Google and Facebook Get Some Very Unwelcome News https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-09-10/margrethe-vestager-is-more-bad-news-for-google-facebook-apple

News
Politico, 26/06/2019: New Danish PM wants Vestager to stay as commissioner https://www.politico.eu/article/new-danish-pm-wants-vestager-to-stay-as-commissioner/
EurActiv, 27/06/2019: Vestager will stay in Brussels, even without EU Commission presidency https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/vestager-will-stay-in-brussels-even-without-eu-commission-presidency/
The Guardian, 10/09/2019: Margrethe Vestager gets second term in EU competition job https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/10/margrethe-vestager-gets-second-term-in-eu-competition-job
The Times, 11/09/2019: Margrethe Vestager handed second term with more powers https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/margrethe-vestager-handed-second-term-with-more-powers-n6hxw3sb6
Politico, 13/09/2019: Vestager picks Denmark’s EU ambassador as head of cabinet https://www.politico.eu/article/vestager-picks-denmarks-eu-ambassador-as-head-of-cabinet/

Official
European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Margrethe Vestager https://ec.europa.eu/commission/files/margrethe-vestagers-mission-letter_en

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