Google vs. Eu: The lady behind the judgement



Anagha Telang
On 19 July 2018, EU has fined Google US$5 billion. To date, this fine is the biggest ever imposed by European Union on a company for anti-competitive behaviour. European Union vs. Google is an investigation and enforcement action by the European Commission against Google for alleged unfair competition. The investigation against Google started on 15 April 2015, google was accused for Competition, accused Google of using Android OS to promote its mobile services. 
The lady behind this historic judgement is  Margrethe Vestager, Comissoner of European Union. 

Who is she?
Born on 13 April 1968 Margrethe Vestager is a politician from Denmark who is currently serving as the European Commissioner for Competition. She has served as a Member of Parliament from 20 November 2001 until 2 September 2014, representing the Danish Social Liberal Party . She also served as the political leader of her party from 2007 to 2014, and also as the Minister of Economic Affairs and the Interior from 2011 to 2014. She has been described as "the rich world’s most powerful trustbuster."
Born in Glostrup, Zealand, a daughter of Lutheran ministers Hans Vestager and Bodil Tybjerg,  she matriculated from Varde Upper Secondary school in 1986. She studied at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1993 with a degree in Economics. Her husband is a gymnasium maths-and-philosophy teacher. They have three daughters, Maria, Rebecca, and Ella. 

Political Career
Since the age of 21 Vestager is serving as a professional politician. she was appointed to the central board and executive committee of the SLP and its European Affairs Committee, and shortly afterwards as National Chairwoman of the Party. 
Vestagr was elected to the Danish Parliament in the year 2001, becoming Chairwoman of its Parliamentary Group in 2007. She was also appointed Minister of Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs in 1998.
  • Minister for Economic and Interior Affairs of Denmark, 2011-2014
  • European Commissioner for Competition, 2014–present.


Other important positions and work
  • Royal Greenland, Member of the Board of Advisors (2004-2007)
  • UNICEF Denmark, Member of the Executive Committee (2007-2011)
  • Trilateral Commission, Member (2010-2011)
  • Blaagaards Seminarium, Chairwoman of the Board (2006-2009)
  • University College Copenhagen, Member of the Board (2006-2009)
  • Copenhagen Business School, Institute for Management, Politics, and Philosophy, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board (2003-2008)
  • Trilateral Commission, Member of the European Group
  • On February 15, 2017 she received a doctorate honoris causa of the KU Leuven for her "firm policy on competition and government support within the European Union" and "specific attention to the ethical dimension of the behaviour of companies and governments." 






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