Appointment of Margaritis Schinas as Vice-President of the European Commission for Promoting the European Way of Life

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Greece's Margaritis Schinas as Vice-President for Protecting the European Way of Life, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Margaritis Schinas worked as the European Commission's chief spokesperson before being appointed by the Greek government in July 2019 as the country's candidate for von der Leyen's College of Commissioners. Mr Schinas was formally announced on 9 September 2019 by the President of the European Commission. His portfolio was known on the following day, set to take on the role as Commission's Vice President for 'Protecting our European Way of Life'. The job title caused controversy amid accusations of appeasement to the far-right narrative.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Mr Schinas on 3 October in order to assess his capabilities to lead the portfolio. Even though members of Parliament kept their calls for a change in the job title, media sources later reported that he had been approved as a suitable candidate. On 13 November, it was announced that the designation of Mr Schinas' portfolio has changed to 'Promoting the European Way of Life'.

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Wikipedia: Margaritis Schinas
EurActiv, 10/09/2019: Greece’s Schinas in charge of ending fragmentation of critical EU policies
Politico, 12/09/2019: Threat to ‘European way of life’ is not migrants. It’s populists.
The Guardian, 13/09/2019: ‘Protecting the European way of life’ from migrants is a gift to the far right
Euro|topics, September 2019: "European Way of Life": what's the message?
Politico, 03/10/2019: The European way of life in numbers
EUObserver, 03/10/2019: Can Schinas put EU values back into migration brief?

EurActiv, 18/07/2019: Greek government picks Margaritis Schinas for EU Commissioner
Politico, 18/07/2019: Commission spokesperson nominated as next Greek European commissioner
Reuters, 18/07/2019: Greece picks Commisssion chief spokesman as its EU Commissioner
EUObserver, 10/09/2019: 'Migration' is now 'protecting European way of life'
Euronews, 10/09/2019: What's the 'European way of life'? EU chief's new Commission portfolio draws criticism
BBC News, 11/09/2019: EU chief under fire over 'protecting way of life' portfolio
The Guardian, 11/09/2019: MEPs damn 'protecting European way of life' job title
Deutsche Welle, 11/09/2019: EU post to 'protect European way of life' called 'disgusting,' 'reprehensible'
RTÉ News, 12/09/2019: Row brewing in EU over 'Way of Life' title
Politico, 12/09/2019: Outrage over ‘protecting our European way of life’ job title
Times of Malta, 12/09/2019: EU row grows over 'Way of Life' migration official's title
RTÉ News, 29/09/2019: Showdown over 'way of life' title for EU commissioner
Politico, 04/10/2019: MEPs approve Schinas despite ‘protecting European way of life’ controversy
EurActiv, 04/10/2019: Schinas puts on good performance but MEPs want ‘European Way of Life’ title ditched
EUObserver, 04/10/2019: Schinas spars with MEPs over migration job title
The Brussels Times, 04/10/2019: MEPs take aim at ‘European Way of Life’ Commission title
France24, 13/11/2019: EU changes title for migration commissioner after outcry
The Brussels Times, 13/11/2019: ‘European way of life’ portfolio to undergo name change
Euronews, 13/11/2019: EU Commission incoming chief changes title for migration portfolio after controversy

European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Margaritis Schinas
European Parliament: Margaritis Schinas’ replies to the European Parliament questionnaire
European Parliament: Press Release, 03/10/2019: Hearing of Vice President-designate Margaritis Schinas
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Commissioner-designate Margaritis Schinas, 3 October 2019
European Commission: Press Release, 13/11/2019: Adjustments to names of portfolios of Commissioners-designate

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