The new structure of the European Commission (EC) has been revealed by its President-elect, Jean-Claude Juncker. Following weeks of rumours, he has officially announced his team’s composition and the different working portfolios. The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) wants to congratulate all the appointed Commissioners, welcoming in particular the new Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Mrs. Marianne Thyssen and the new Commissioner in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Mrs. Vĕra Jourová.
Between the 29th September and 7th October 2014, the European Parliament (EP) will hold the hearings for the Commissioners-designate. Indeed, ever since the Lisbon Treaty, the EP has to approve the proposed candidates for becoming Commissioners. EASPD, representing over 10, 000 social service providers for persons with disabilities throughout Europe, encourages the Members of the EP to ask the following key questions to the relevant Commissioners-designate.
Since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict in March 2014, there has been a dramatic number of civilian casualties, with figures rising to at least 2,086 people killed and 4,953 wounded in recent weeks. The Ukrainian association "National Assembly of Disabled of Ukraine" and EASPD call on the United Nations and the European Union to pay special attention to the more vulnerable groups when designing and implementing Emergency Aid Programmes.