Von der Leyen keen to hire more black EU officials

Sallie Anderson

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has actually vowed to hire more people from racial minorities after fulfilling anti-racist MEPs on Tuesday (28 July).

Her organization had “not [been] able to produce the [right] environment” to attract more varied personnel and “has to change”, she stated, according to a news release by the European Parliament’s anti-racism cross-partygroup


  • Absence of racial variety on show throughout a session of the European Parliament (Image: European Parliament).

“We need to start from the inside of the EU institutions themselves, because if we don’t do that, and don’t have the right representation at all levels, the right questions will never be raised or listened to”, Samira Rafaela, a Dutch liberal MEP, likewise stated after Tuesday’s talks.

“We need a top-down approach, leading by example in our own institutions,” Rafaela stated.

Von der Leyen likewise “took into account the idea of having a single coordinator for the fight against racism in the European Union”, according to Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, a German green MEP who signed up with Tuesday’s conference.

“The fight against racism and discrimination is inseparable from the fight against nationalism” in Europe, Younous Omarjee, a French left-wing MEP, added.

And Roma people particularly required the EU organizations’ aid to battle bias and gain access to education, Romeo Franz, another German Green MEP, and Peter Pollak, a Slovak centre-right MEP, kept in mind.

There are no EU commissioners of colour in von der Leyen’s 27- strong team and less than 5 percent of the 701 MEPs in the parliament originated from racially-diverse backgrounds.

“Let us look around us, here in this very hemicycle. The diversity of our society is not represented. And I will be the first to admit, things are not better in the College of Commissioners, nor among the European Commission staff,” von der Leyen stated in a speech at the EP in June.

There are some 6 million Roma people in the EU, according to the commission, however numerous amongst the stateless group “are victims of prejudice and social exclusion”, it states.

Von der Leyen’s promise came in the middle of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the United States, which spread out likewise to Europe in a require modification.

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