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Incoming President of European Commission proposes her team

The European Commission’s incoming president, Ursula von der Leyen, has proposed her team for the new Commission. As part of the proposal, von der Leyen put forward Margaritis Schinas from Greece as the Vice President for ‘Protecting Our European Way of Life’ and Ylva Johansson from Sweden as the Commissioner in charge of the ‘Home Affairs’ portfolio.

As Commissioner for Home Affairs, Johansson would be in charge of developing a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, including relaunching the reform of EU asylum rules, ensuring legal pathways to the EU, fighting human trafficking and smuggling and working on a sustainable approach to search and rescue.

Schinas’s responsibilities would include improving integration of migrants and refugees, coordinating the approach and work on a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, creating pathways to legal migration to meet labour market needs and helping to ensure the coherence of migration policies.

Schinas currently serves as the Commission’s Chief Spokesperson and was previously a Member of the European Parliament. Johansson is currently Sweden’s Minister for Employment and previously served as the Minister for Schools as well as Health and Elderly Care.

The proposed commissioners and vice presidents are subject to approval by the European Parliament, followed by formal appointment by the European Council. The European Parliament will vote on the new Commission on 23rd October.

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