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Fiona Scott Morton Wiki, Wikipedia, European Commission, Husband, Twitter – Margrethe Vestager, vice president of the European Commission, tweeted on July 19 that she had received a letter of withdrawal from Fiona Scott Morton.
Fiona Scott Morton ultimately declines a top EU position.
The American economist’s appointment to the position of chief economist in the Directorate-General (DG) for Competition of the Commission on July 11 drew a lot of criticism from within the European Union and from a number of member states, including France. The American economist previously served as a consultant to companies like Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Pfizer.
Politicians, primarily in France, have criticised Scott Morton’s prior employments as a consultant to significant tech companies and the chief of economic analysis at the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division between 2011 and 2012. They criticised potential conflicts of interest and the chance that Washington might meddle in EU decision-making.
“Given the political controversy that has arisen because a non-European was chosen to fill this position, and the importance that the Directorate General has the full support of the European Union as it enforces, I have determined that the best course of action is for me to withdraw and not take up the chief economist position,” Scott Morton wrote in her letter.
French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged having “doubts” about the decision on Tuesday. Is there really no outstanding academically qualified researcher in Europe who could fill this position? Macron posed the question at a meeting of EU and Latin American leaders. “Is there no one in the 27 member states that has a researcher good enough to advise the (European) Commission in a bloc of almost 450 million people? That really raises a red flag, added Macron.
The Yale economics professor has been named the executive commission of the EU’s department charged with making sure that “all companies compete equally and fairly on their merits within the single market, to the benefit of consumers, businesses, and the European economy as a whole.”
The EU executive’s antitrust division, the DG for Competition, is in charge of looking into cases of anti-competitive behaviour by businesses, approving mergers and acquisitions, and approving state aid provided by various states. An outsider holding such a powerful position in the EU executive is exceedingly uncommon.