LinkingCompetition: Legacy of Vestager's First Term

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has been nominated for a second term at the helm of DG COMP and as Executive VP for digital policy. In a six-part blog series, we look back at the past five years of EU competition enforcement in order to look forward to the next.

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Legacy of Vestager’s First Term, Episode 1: The State aid Crusade

With Vestager’s nomination for a second term as Competition Commissioner, we expect some consistency in DG Comp’s State aid policy, with “fair taxation” remaining a priority. But we also expect reform, especially to align with the new Commission’s political goals. Read episode 1 of this series to find out why.

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Legacy of Vestager’s First Term, Episode 3: Five Antitrust Takeaways from Vestager’s European Parliament Hearing

The European Parliament’s approval for Vestager’s second term at the helm of DG Comp and her new role to make “Europe fit for the Digital Age” came after a 3-hour hearing, focusing on topics from competition reform to artificial intelligence. Read episode 3 of this series for all the details.

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Legacy of Vestager’s First Term, Episode 5: Merger control policy

Commissioner Vestager’s first term is drawing to a close, as she prepares to take office for a second term next week. Episode five of our six-part blog series looks back at the past five years of EU merger control enforcement. We also highlight trends that we expect to continue.

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Legacy of Vestager’s First Term, Episode 2: Cartel enforcement

Overarching themes for Vestager’s first term as Competition Commissioner are antitrust in the tech sector and State aid and taxation. But it was also characterised by vigorous cartel enforcement more generally. Episode 2 of this series looks at EU cartel enforcement over the past 5 years and considers what is to come.

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Legacy of Vestager’s First Term, Episode 4: Abuse of dominance


Vestager’s handling of abuse of dominance cases should be remembered for tougher enforcement across a range of sectors. At the same time, the Commission used the opportunity to dig out dormant theories of harm and procedural tools. Read episode 4 of this series to find out more.

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Legacy of Vestager’s First Term, Episode 6: The digital finale

To round off our six-part series on Commissioner Vestager’s first term in style, senior Linklaters lawyers from Europe, the U.S. and China share their views on the impact of the Commission’s antitrust enforcement approach concerning digitalisation - past and future.

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