Zenith CC&P Current Awareness

Vestager reappointed as EU Competition Commissioner

11 September 2019

Prof. Suzanne Rab

Zenith's Suzanne Rab writes:

In an unprecedented move, Margrethe Vestager has been appointed as both EU Commissioner for Competition and Executive Vice-President responsible for co-ordinating the Commission's agenda on a Europe fit for the digital age.

The new College, announced on 10 September, will have eight Vice-Presidents, three of whom will have a double role, like Margrethe Vestager.

Vestager’s re-appointment to the role of Commissioner for Competition is an exceptional vote of confidence in her abilities and has been welcomed by the competition bars in Europe and the UK.

In her first term of office, she can be credited for promoting greater awareness of competition issues, many making headline news including in high profile cases such as Google Shopping and Google Android and in state aid cases involving individual tax arrangements.

In my view the dual appointment does not present a conflict. It may also contribute to policy cohesion provided that there is a clearly defined policy mandate for the two roles.

The change of Competition Commissioner does not usually signal a dramatic shift in focus for DG Competition.  If anything, Vestager’s re-appointment to the role means that those operating in the digital sector can expect continued scrutiny.

The new European Commission takes office on 1 November 2019, subject to the approval of the European Parliament.

Current Awareness

By the CC&P team