Barroso Promises to Create EC Human Rights Position if Given 2nd Term (News)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has promised liberal members of the European parliament that he will “create a separate portfolio for fundamental rights and civil liberties” if he is given a second term as EC President.

“Currently the Commission has a justice, freedom and security commissioner, but critics have long argued that it is too broad to give enough attention to data protection issues as well as the pressing problem of immigration and the rights of migrants in member states – an issue that has come to the fore recently after Italy’s controversial handling of Roma and immigrants from Africa.”

The European Parliament’s vote on Barroso’s second term is scheduled for 16 September.

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