New head of DG Comp appointed

Published On 22/09/2014 | By Peta Stevenson | Enforcement

On 10 September, European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced the new organisational structure of the EU’s executive arm along with his new team of Commissioners, who are scheduled to take office in November 2014.

Margrethe Vestager is to become the European Union’s Commissioner in charge of competition policy. Vestager will succeed Joaquín Almunia, who is to leave office at the end of October.

Margrethe Vestager is Denmark’s former deputy prime minister and minister for economic and interior affairs. She has been a member of the Danish Parliament since November 2001 and hails from the centrist Danish Social Liberal Party.

Read more from our London colleagues about:

  • the structure of the Commission in their alert here, and
  • their predictions for what will face the Vestager-led DG Comp in relation to digital markets (the most prominent being the Commission’s ongoing investigation into Google) here.

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About The Author

is a partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons where she specialises in competition litigation with experience in a wide range of jurisdictions. Peta also advises clients on the application of the anti-competitive conduct, consumer protection and access provisions of the Competition & Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and related state legislation. In 2001/02 she undertook her LLM at the University of Cambridge, during which time she developed a passionate if fleeting interest in rowing.

One Response to New head of DG Comp appointed

  1. Peta Stevenson says:

    On 22 October 2014, the European Parliament gave its strong support to the new European Commission with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. This means that the Juncker Commission can start its term of office on 1 November 2014. The new team will include Margrethe Vestager who will succeed Spain’s Joaquin Almunia as EU competition commissioner. Read more in our client alert here: http://www.sjberwin.com/insights/2014/10/23/european-parliament-elects-juncker-commission

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