Danish politician Margrethe Vestager currently serves as Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age. Prior to joining the European Commission, she served in the Danish government as Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Minister of Education, as Minister of Economic Affairs and the Interior.
When Commissioner for Competition, Vestager gained international recognition for investigating, fining, or bringing lawsuits against major multinational companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Gazprom. She has been described as “the rich world’s most powerful trustbuster” and “the world's most famous regulator”.
Vestager's relentless striving for fair competition on the European market, the opportunities that she creates for small and medium-sized enterprises and her contribution to an open, transparent market and more prosperity in Europe were sound enough reasons for the University of Leuven to pin an epitoga on the EU Commissioner’s gown. Margrethe Vestager received her honorary doctorate from the prestigious University on 23 November 2017.
Under her auspices, a package of measures is being proposed that will be closely scrutinized in Silicon Valley. The Digital Markets Act aims to create a level playing field for large- and small-tech companies alike, while increasing innovation, growth and competition, both in Europe and elsewhere. This has consequences for us all, not least in regard to what products and apps we can put on our smartphones. It extends to immediately removing illegal content online such as child pornography or revenge porn, as well as hacked data. Definitely a talk not to be missed!