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EU’s Vestager Defends Dual Role as Antitrust and Tech Chief

Oct. 16, 2019, 12:19 PM

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s incoming technology chief, defended her dual role as a rulemaker and enforcer of antitrust law, saying her investigations face intense scrutiny and can aid new regulation.

Vestager faced some criticism from the European Parliament’s biggest party, which argued that it’s not possible to “strengthen antitrust efforts and fine tech giants and, at the same time, count on Google or Apple’s cooperation for a digital industrial strategy.” The negative comments didn’t stop her from winning lawmakers’ backing for her new job.

“We will not only be under the scrutiny of the European courts, but also the ...

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