21 April 2015 - 17:00 - 18:00
With the European Union’s ‘statements of objection’ against corporate giants Google and Gazprom in  the headlines, Margrethe Vestager, the EU Commissioner for Competition, spoke to Friends of Europe about her role as enforcing EU competition law.

Big companies should be congratulated for their success and their role in job creation, Vestager said, but fairness to the customer shall always be the Commissioner’s priority. Deals and mergers that lead to less choice, higher prices and barriers to innovation are damaging to the citizen, and shall be challenged by the EU on the basis of facts and the law, not political opinion. Vestager said her focus would be on creating the Energy Union and a digital European single market in a way that is open, transparent and fair.

Globalisation is having a bigger impact resulting in more mergers and creating more opportunities to discuss competition multilaterally and come to a common understanding of competition between the many jurisdictions around the world.



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13.00 - 13.30 Registration of participants and welcome lunch

13.30 - 14.30 Conversation with EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
Moderated by Shada Islam / Director of Policy at Friends of Europe

14.30 End of debate


The financial crisis has profoundly affected our confidence in an economic model that has prevailed for decades. The limitations of monetary policy have come into sharp focus, notably its inability to discriminate between regions, sectors or individuals – and, in the eurozone, countries too.

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