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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Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: Margaritis Schinas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaritis_Schinas
EurActiv, 10/09/2019: Greece’s Schinas in charge of ending fragmentation of critical EU policies https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/greeces-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. https://www.politico.eu/article/populist-threat-to-european-way-of-life-sophie-int-veld-ursula-von-der-leyen/
The Guardian, 13/09/2019: ‘Protecting the European way of life’ from migrants is a gift to the far right https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/13/protecting-europe-migrants-far-right-eu-nationalism
Euro|topics, September 2019: "European Way of Life": what's the message? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/226815/
Politico, 03/10/2019: The European way of life in numbers https://www.politico.eu/article/the-european-way-of-life-in-numbers/
EUObserver, 03/10/2019: Can Schinas put EU values back into migration brief? https://euobserver.com/opinion/146103

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EurActiv, 18/07/2019: Greek government picks Margaritis Schinas for EU Commissioner https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/greek-government-picks-margaritis-schinas-for-eu-commissioner/
Politico, 18/07/2019: Commission spokesperson nominated as next Greek European commissioner https://www.politico.eu/article/commission-spokesperson-nominated-as-next-greek-european-commissioner-margaritis-schinas/
Reuters, 18/07/2019: Greece picks Commisssion chief spokesman as its EU Commissioner https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1UD1NP
EUObserver, 10/09/2019: 'Migration' is now 'protecting European way of life' https://euobserver.com/migration/145900
Euronews, 10/09/2019: What's the 'European way of life'? EU chief's new Commission portfolio draws criticism https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/10/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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49661650
The Guardian, 11/09/2019: MEPs damn 'protecting European way of life' job title https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/11/meps-damn-insulting-protecting-our-european-way-of-life-job-title
Deutsche Welle, 11/09/2019: EU post to 'protect European way of life' called 'disgusting,' 'reprehensible' https://p.dw.com/p/3PNfr
RTÉ News, 12/09/2019: Row brewing in EU over 'Way of Life' title https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2019/0912/1075533-way-of-life/
Politico, 12/09/2019: Outrage over ‘protecting our European way of life’ job title https://www.politico.eu/article/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 https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/eu-row-grows-over-way-of-life-migration-officials-title.734862
RTÉ News, 29/09/2019: Showdown over 'way of life' title for EU commissioner https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2019/0929/1078817-european-commissioners/
Politico, 04/10/2019: MEPs approve Schinas despite ‘protecting European way of life’ controversy https://www.politico.eu/article/meps-approve-margaritis-schinas-despite-protecting-european-way-of-life-controversy-european-commission/
EurActiv, 04/10/2019: Schinas puts on good performance but MEPs want ‘European Way of Life’ title ditched https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/schinas-puts-up-good-performance-but-meps-want-european-way-of-life-title-ditched/
EUObserver, 04/10/2019: Schinas spars with MEPs over migration job title https://euobserver.com/eu-election/146165
The Brussels Times, 04/10/2019: MEPs take aim at ‘European Way of Life’ Commission title https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/71596/meps-take-aim-at-european-way-of-life-commission-title/
France24, 13/11/2019: EU changes title for migration commissioner after outcry https://www.france24.com/en/20191113-eu-changes-title-for-migration-commissioner-after-outcry
The Brussels Times, 13/11/2019: ‘European way of life’ portfolio to undergo name change https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/eu-affairs/78494/europe-migration-related-portfolio-to-undergo-name-change/
Euronews, 13/11/2019: EU Commission incoming chief changes title for migration portfolio after controversy https://www.euronews.com/2019/11/13/eu-commission-incoming-chief-changes-title-for-migration-portfolio-after-controversy

Official
European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Margaritis Schinas https://ec.europa.eu/commission/files/margaritis-schinas-mission-letter_en
European Parliament: Margaritis Schinas’ replies to the European Parliament questionnaire https://www.europarl.europa.eu/resources/library/media/20190927RES62437/20190927RES62437.pdf
European Parliament: Press Release, 03/10/2019: Hearing of Vice President-designate Margaritis Schinas https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190926IPR62256/
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Commissioner-designate Margaritis Schinas, 3 October 2019 https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/hearings2019/commission-hearings-2019/20190910STO60716/margaritis-schinas-greece
European Commission: Press Release, 13/11/2019: Adjustments to names of portfolios of Commissioners-designate https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_19_6278

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