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EU antitrust chief Vestager squares off with Apple, Alphabet, Broadcom & Nvidia CEOs in the US, shaping AI and data governance policies.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager will meet the chief executives of Apple, Alphabet, Broadcom, and Nvidia in the United States next week, her communications advise said on Friday.

The meetings come a month after Vestager resumed her job following her failed bid to head the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank, with antitrust experts expecting her to show a tougher line towards companies in merger and competition investigations.

Vestager will meet Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and its chief legal officer Kent Walker, Broadcom CEO Hock Tan, and Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang in San Francisco and Palo Alto on Thursday and Friday, her adviser Christina Holm Eiberg said.

She will also meet OpenAI Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati and its Chief Strategy Officer Jason Kwon.

The meetings will focus on European digital regulation and competition policy.

The meeting with Cook comes as the iPhone maker last year offered to let rivals access its tap-and-go mobile payments systems used for mobile wallets to settle Vestager’s investigation and stave off a possible hefty fine.

The European Commission will likely seek feedback from rivals and customers this month. However, a final decision has yet to be made, people familiar with the matter told Reuters last month.

Vestager’s meeting with Alphabet on Jan. 11 is the same day an adviser to Europe’s top court is scheduled to offer a non-binding recommendation on whether judges should accept or reject Alphabet unit Google’s appeal against a 2.42-billion-euro ($2.6 billion) EU antitrust fine imposed for market abuse related to its shopping service.

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