On the 27th November, the European Parliament confirmed the appointment of Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission for the next five years. It also confirmed her College of Commissioners which will serve as the European Commission’s commissioners on a variety of portfolios.
Prior to her approval Ursula von der Leyen, who has been at the top of German politics for a decade within Angela Merkel’s Government, re-affirmed her main policy priorities: improved foreign policy, an ambitious European Green Deal and maximising the potential of digitalisation in our economy and lives. President von der Leyen also highlighted the role of technology in care arguing that “We will automate work that is wearisome for us humans: carrying heavy loads, performing repetitive tasks in factories or in offices. And this will give us time. Time for what distinguishes human beings. Time for what computers can't do: empathy and creativity. A care robot can help lift patients and make beds and digitalisation can help with administrative tasks. This will allow nursing staff to have time to do what is really important: to talk with their patients, to be there for them.”
After weeks of delay (as the some nominated Commissioners had been rejected), the European Parliament approved a new college of 28 Commissioners, each in charge of different portfolios. Mr Nicolas Smit, from Luxembourg will in charge of Jobs and Social Rights. Ms Mariya Gabriel will be in charge of Innovation and Youth and education. Ms Helena Dalli for Equality. There are plenty of new faces in this fresh new European Commission, which is also the most gender diverse to date.
EASPD will be actively working with the new European Commission to further push our agenda to implement the UN CRPD through high quality service provision.
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