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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 229

Citizenship: Civil Liberties Committee Chair welcomes reshuffle to new Commissioner

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 ottobre 2014

european parliamentReplying to widespread concerns in the European Parliament, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, presenting his team to MEPs on Wednesday morning, announced that Dimitris Avramopoulos would take over the responsibility for “citizenship” from Tibor Navrasics. This means that citizenship will be grouped with Migration and Home Affairs.The Chair of the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), welcomed the change of Commissioner:”I am confident that Commissioner-designate Dimitris Avramopoulos is extremely competent to manage the additional policy area of citizenship in his portfolio of Migration and Home Affairs, especially after his impressive hearing in the European Parliament”, Mr Moraes said.”However, our committee shares some concerns regarding the decision not to place citizenship in the portfolio of the Vice-President Frans Timmermans. It would have been more beneficial to have placed citizenship in the portfolio of Mr Timmermans as bridging citizenship and fundamental rights is a more sensible link which would help to strengthen policies to protect the rights of European citizens”.”Citizenship is a key area of our committee as it covers a number of areas in the area of discrimination which is in the remit of the LIBE committee. Given that there will be no more official hearings in the European Parliament; we should insist that Mr Avramopoulos comes to talk to the LIBE committee as soon as possible to discuss this new portfolio”, concluded Mr Moraes.

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