The European Fee has been accused of adopting far-right rhetoric after asserting the creation of a brand new portfolio for “Defending our European Method of Life”.
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen named Margaritis Schinas, a long-serving Fee official, for the controversially named position on Tuesday, which incorporates steering the European Union‘s coverage on migration and safety points in addition to upholding the rule-of-law throughout the bloc.
However critics poured scorn on von der Leyen’s transfer, saying it prompt that migrants have been threatening European values.
“It is a far-right slogan!” the European Commerce Union stated on Twitter. “And why … is migration on this portfolio? We’d like safety for our democracy, in opposition to local weather change and so forth – not in opposition to migrants!”
Why has an @EU_Commission VP bought a job title ‘defend our lifestyle’? It is a far-right slogan! And why are is migration on this portfolio? We’d like safety for our democracy, in opposition to local weather change and so forth – not in opposition to migrants! #vdlCommisison @vonderleyen pic.twitter.com/zy6cOImfvw
— EUROPEAN TRADE UNION (@etuc_ces) September 10, 2019
Dutch Liberal member of the European Parliament Sophie in ‘t Veld criticised what she dubbed a “pretend portfolio”, saying the very level concerning the European lifestyle is that people have the liberty to decide on their very own lifestyle.
“The implication that Europeans must be shielded from exterior cultures is grotesque and this narrative ought to be rejected,” she stated in a press release.
Ska Keller, president of the Greens/EFA group within the European Parliament, stated in a press release that placing migration and border safety below a portfolio on defending the European lifestyle was “scary”.
“We hope President von der Leyen does not see a contradiction between supporting refugees and European values,” she stated.
British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Claude Moraes of the principle opposition Labour social gathering, additionally slammed the proposal, calling it a “actual downside” that would threaten the ratification of the brand new fee by parliament.
“I’ll elevate it in my group tonight and a reminder that the European Parliament has to okay all of this. A portfolio with a title like this simply can’t stand for my part,” he tweeted.
French MEP Damien Careme, from the Greens-European Free Alliance, condemned the job title as “an abomination.”
“It seems to be fairly however when one realises that it means he’ll (be) in control of migration, integration and safety, then it is completely disgusting,” he wrote on Twitter.
Amnesty Worldwide additionally hit out on the portfolio identify, accusing Brussels of “utilizing the framing of the far proper by linking migration with safety”.
“This sends a worrying message,” stated Amnesty’s Stefan Simanowitz.
Von der Leyen’s crew of 27 commissioners, together with Schinas, face a spherical of hearings at European Parliament on the finish of the month with the cupboard as an entire requiring a ratification vote by MEPs.
The incoming Fee chief stated the brand new cupboard was “as various as Europe is”, however observers famous that every one of its members are white.
Von der Leyen hails from the right-of-centre European Folks’s Occasion (EPP), the parliament’s greatest group of which Hungary’s anti-migrant Fidesz social gathering can be a robust member.
The EPP has been below stress in lots of European nations, shedding electoral floor to far-right events, similar to Germany’s Different fur Deutschland (Different for Germany) or France’s Rassemblement Nationwide (Nationwide Rally).
In her mission letter to Schinas, a former Greek member of the European Parliament, von der Leyen underlined that “the European lifestyle is constructed round solidarity, peace of thoughts and safety”.
“We should tackle and allay respectable fears and considerations concerning the impression of irregular migration on our economic system and society,” she wrote.
(2/3) Nonetheless, it’s scary to see a proposal for a portfolio on “Defending the European lifestyle” which features a #migration and border safety. We hope President @vonderleyen doesn’t see a contradiction between supporting #refugees and European values.
— Ska Keller (@SkaKeller) September 10, 2019
A former German defence minister, von der Leyen defended the job title by explaining that it was a part of her political tips revealed in July.
“Our European lifestyle is holding up our values. The fantastic thing about the dignity of each single human being is among the most treasured values,” she instructed a information briefing.
A spokesman for von der Leyen added: “It could be useful if individuals would even be excited by what’s through which portfolio and what initiatives are linked to a title.”