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European Commission: American Fiona Scott Morton finally resigns after controversy

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After unprecedented controversy, US economist Fiona Scott Morton will finally not be appointed chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. In a letter to Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, she said that she had given up the position for which she had been chosen on Tuesday 11 July.

Given the political controversy that has arisen over the selection of a non-European person to fill the position and the importance of the Director-General having the full support of the European Union as applicable, I have decided that the best course of action for me is to step down and not take over as Chief Economist. The economist wrote.

This result was probably at the end of an unpleasant day, Tuesday 18 July, for Margarete Vestager, convened by the Econ Committee, which did not convince parliamentarians, including four groups, EPP, S&D, Renew and Green, who protested with an official letter. The Danish commissioner refused to make her candidate’s conflicts of interest public with Gafam, noting that it is customary for them to be detailed after appointment and before signing a contract. A few hours ago, President Emmanuel Macron also expressed his reservations, saying that he “doubts” the commission’s choice. The head of state said that he is “very attached to the strategic autonomy of Europe.” He stressed the lack of “reciprocity” on the part of the United States and China to designate Europeans who will be “at the center of decisions.”

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