“The EPP group is disappointed by Commissioner-designate for Home Affairs” – Metsola

The European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament is disappointed by the Commissioner-designate for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson. Roberta Metsola, EPP Group Spokeswoman for the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, said that more detail and vision were expected.

Johansson had her hearing before the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on Tuesday.

Metsola explained that the committee had very high expectations, since Johansson would be “responsible for some of the most challenging and sensitive topics being discussed on a European level at the moment”

Metsola added: “We expected more detail and more vision from her answers on the fight against terrorism, the Asylum and Migration Fund, the fair sharing of responsibility, border security, Europol, property crime and safeguarding our Schengen area, to be more concrete.”

However, she noted that the committee was pleased that Johansson underlined the need for improving the rate of return of those not eligible for protection in Europe, stepping up resettlement and that she committed to concrete measures to destroy trafficking networks. Furthermore, Johansson categorically supported the need for a portfolio on protecting the European Way of Life under this European Commission.