Last updated on September 15, 2019
“This is the group as varied as Europe is, as powerful as Europe is, people are dedicated women and men, and I am excited about working on this group for Europe.”
They were the words of Australian Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen a week since she announced her brand new executive team.
However, while the 27-strong group of commissioners is an even split between women and men, they’re all white.
This raises questions regarding whether it’s”as diverse as Europe”.
Racial and ethnic minorities constitute roughly 10 percent of the European Union inhabitants, based on European Network Against Racism (ENAR).
Only 36 of those 751 MEPs — about 5 percent — from the new European Parliament ingestion come from ethnic and racial minorities, ” said a study from ENAR, which reflects more than 160 anti-racism organizations throughout the continent.
“It was constantly purchased to Brussels from British MEPs: this experience will be lost by Brexit,” she explained.
“In my scenario, I have always been the only black man in the room, it’s been like that my entire lifetime, being a black man out of Sweden, for me, it’s not a new adventure,” she explained.
“I think it’s a critical problem and gloomy the EU institutions’ ideology and its employees do not signify what the EU resembles,” Ban Kuhnke informed Euronews.
“We are living in a time where confidence in politicians and politics is gradually moving in the wrong direction. We will need to construct confidence, [and] one crucial instrument is to make certain we represent the men and women who voted for us,” she added.
By Chander, the issue is that neither the European Parliament nor the Commission gathers data on cultural minorities. In recent elections, “many federal parties were such as black or cultural minority candidates within their lists, but quite low down the list,” she explained.
‘Diversity and inclusion plan’
European leaders stated in 2017 they had been dedicated to diversity saying that they desired to own at least 40% women in EU direction, but there wasn’t any mention of a plan on the addition of people of color.
“The Diversity and Inclusion plan targets four major target groups: women, personnel with disabilities, LGBTI individuals and elderly employees,” the European Commission said in a 2017 announcement.
Chander clarifies that to operate in Brussels, “you have to come out of a community and pass a particular test” that will be based on merit.
“We guess ethnic minorities don’t satisfactorily use but we don’t have any evidence of it due to the shortage of information. We made clear recommendations about the best way best to enhance: gather information to understand where the challenge is,” Chander said.
An anonymous poll addressed to employees members of the European Commission in October 2018 asked regarding discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, age or handicap.
A commission spokesperson advised Euronews that 60 percent of respondents stated that they thought that the commission was attempting to promote inclusion.
However, the ENAR, who watched the survey, stated commission workers did state that there was discrimination based on ethnicity, only from the”other” section. The Commission wouldn’t discuss the questionnaire or precise consequences with Euronews.
Implementing practices may also be a barrier to higher diversity.
Chander clarifies that frequently MEPs are invited to seek the services of individuals who formerly worked at the EU Parliament.
“It generates loyalty, but also, it’s a massive blocker for those that aren’t in those networks or aren’t linked,” said Chander.