European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager spoke at the Peterson Institute on April 16, 2015, her first public speech in the United States since assuming office. Commissioner Vestager laid out her agenda for European competition policy over the next five years with a particular emphasis on issues related to the digital economy and the banking sector.
Commissioner Vestager has been serving since November 2014. She was previously the minister for economic affairs and the interior during 2011–14 and leader of the Social Liberal Party in Denmark during 2007–14. Vestager was first elected to parliament in 2001 and previously also served as minister for education and minister for ecclesiastical affairs in Denmark. She received her master's degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.