Morten Østergaard becomes new Economy and Interior Minister
Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, has appointed Minister of Taxation, Morten Østergaard, to replace Economy and Interior Minister Margrethe Vestager. Vestager is moving to Brussels to become Denmark’s new EU Commissioner.
Morten Østergaard (38) is a member of the centre-left Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre) and on Sunday was appointed as its new leader. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Aarhus and, according to the Copenhagen Post “he was the ‘market manager for e-government’ for a company called Dafolo, which specialises in the “enhancement of strategic business development” from 2001 – 2005.
In 2007 he was elected as an MP and from 2011 – 2014 he was Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education. In February 2014 he became Minister of Taxation until his new post was confirmed yesterday.
The formal press release as published on the Prime Minister’s website of the Cabinet changes is as follows:
“Changes in government
Economy and Interior Minister Margrethe Vestager resign from the government and are received in audience by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik at the Amalienborg pm. 11:30.
Minister of Taxation Morten Østergaard is appointed to Economic Affairs and the Interior.
Member of Parliament Benny Engelbrecht is appointed to the Treasury.
Sofie Carsten Nielsen becomes a new member of the Government.
Martin Lidegaard becomes a new member of the government’s Coordinating Committee.
The Prime Minister presents the new ministers to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik at the Amalienborg at 12:00 pm.”