This is an important part in the process of the establishment of the new European Commission and an expression of the European Parliament's power of democratic control over the European Commission.
The College of Commissioners has to be approved by the European Parliament before it can enter into office. The European Parliament will give its opinion in a plenary vote later on this month.
> EDF ASKS THE COMMISSIONERS
In view of the hearings, EDF sent MEPs and the European Commission a document highlighting the main expectations of the European Disability Movement towards each Commissioner. EDF got in touch with MEPs and invited them to ask during the hearing key questions on the EU policy in favor of the 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe.
> NAVRACSICS' DESIGNATION IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
EDF co-signed with other civil society organisations and sent an
open letter to Jean-Claude Junker regarding the designation of Tibor
Navracsics as Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Citizenship
explaining why this is unacceptable:
"Mr. Navracsics has been a key proponent of policies implemented by the Hungarian governments led by Mr. Orban that acted against the values of the European treaties and project and were criticised by the European Commission for decisions such as the constitutional reform process of 2013 and the reforms affecting media freedom in 2011. This is why, on the basis of the core democratic principles of the EU, we feel that his appointment would put under threat the relations between the European Commission and civil society organisations."
Contact: Carlotta Besozzi | EDF Director | firstname.lastname@example.org