Apple’s Tim Cook to meet with EU competition chief while in New York

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is in New York City on Friday, and during his trip, he will reportedly meet with Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition.

Vestager is currently in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly. She also recently gave a keynote address at the Fordham University’s annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy on Friday.

A source familiar with the meeting told MacRumors that it would take place, but it isn’t clear what topics Cook and Vestager will discuss.

Back in April, the European Union said that Apple was in breach of competition laws. Specifically, the EU claimed that Apple Music was unfairly advantaged compared to other streaming services that must pay Apple’s 30% commission.

The EU competition chief has previously called out Apple for alleged anticompetitive practices. Vestager has also criticized Apple defending its App Store practices with arguments that the company affords a higher level of security and privacy to its users.

Although the existence of the meeting between Cook and Vestager could not be independently confirmed, Cook was in New York on Friday. In fact, the CEO has been documenting his trip to New York on Twitter, highlighting a visit to the Apple SoHo retail location and the International Center of Photography, as well as a meeting with the founders of the Shine app.

Good morning Apple SoHo! Great to feel the excitement and energy, from team members and customers alike!

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 1, 2021

Great catching up with @Naomi_NYC and @Marahml to hear about how they’re using @TheShineApp to fight stigmas surrounding mental health issues. It’s another powerful example of how technology can be used to help improve people’s lives.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 1, 2021