LIVE Hearings today with Margrethe Vestager Executive Vice-President for Competition – A Europe fit for the Digital Age. Valdis Margrethe Vestager is heard by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament, for a hearing to test her general competences. Members of the European Parliament in Brussels test her European commitment and specific expertise related to her portfolio.
Who is Margrethe Vestager?
Valdis Margrethe Vestager is a Danish politician. She currently serves as European Commissioner for Competition from 2014 to 2019.
Vestager was a member of the Folketing from 20 November 2001 until 2 September 2014, representing the Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre). She was the political leader of her party from 2007 to 2014, and served as Minister of Economic Affairs and the Interior from 2011 to 2014. She has been described as “the rich world’s most powerful trustbuster.
— Margrethe Vestager (@vestager) September 10, 2019
After the hearing by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament, the committees prepare an evaluation letter on the candidate. Parliament will vote on the new Commission as a whole on 23 October.
The team of European Commissioners – proposed by its President-elect Ursula von der Leyen – ‘shall be subject as a body to a vote of approval by the European Parliament’.
Before taking this vote, European Parliament committees conduct hearings with the Commissioners in accordance with Parliament’s internal Rules of Procedure.