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The American candidate has withdrawn and will no longer be the European Commission’s chief economist

The American candidate has withdrawn and will no longer be the European Commission’s chief economist

Morton’s appointment, nominated by Commission Chair Margarete Vestager and Ursula von der Leyen, was to be heard today by the Commissioners’ Board, but – as Politico As mentioned – five commissioners have expressed concerns about the Yale professor’s independence.

Morton previously maintained close ties with large technology companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Amazon, but in his new position he would have been responsible for developing new EU legislation on digital markets, i.e. reining in these companies.

Even in the United States, suspicions arose that Morton was also protecting hidden interests, when he participated in the preparation of the House Justice Committee report condemning Facebook and Google without saying that he had contracts with Apple and Amazon.

Fiona Scott Morton was the first non-EU citizen to hold such a high-level position on the committee.

According to Petra Halko, the infiltration of representatives of American and foreign interests into European Union institutions is nothing new.

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