Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe is the European commissioner for competition. She’s also executive vice president of the European Commission’s strategy for a “Europe Fit for the Digital Age.” She is co-leading the strategy on small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups and the long-term strategy for the EU’s industrial future, including competition aspects, ensuring synergies between civil, defense and space industries, coordinating work on the European strategy on data and on the European approach to artificial intelligence, including its human and ethical implications. She is also upgrading liability and safety rules for digital platforms, services and products as part of a new Digital Services Act, ensuring working conditions of platform workers are properly addressed. Over the past six years in her role as Competition Commissioner, she has been called “the most powerful regulator of Big Tech on the planet.” In 2016, her office fined Apple $14.5 billion for tax evasion and to date has forced Google to pay $9 billion for a series of illegal, market-controlling practices. Margrethe was the minister for social affairs and the interior in Denmark from 2011 to 2014. From 2007 to 2014, she was the political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party.