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Jill van Coppenolle

Jill van Coppenolle holds an MSc in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development studies from SOAS University of London. In February 2019, Jill started working as Government and Foundation intern at International Crisis Group Brussels. Since June, she has also joined the EU advocacy and research team.Her interests include migration, human rights, development economics and international/EU relations. Jill is fluent in Dutch and English and has good command of French.

On 10 September 2019, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, presented the names and portfolios of her new Commission, which includes several “slightly original and bizarre” job titles[1] such as “An Economy that Works for People” and “Protecting the European Way of Life”. Especially the last one, attributed to one of the Commission’s Vice- Presidents, raised concerns and gained significant media attention.

As from November, Margaritas Schinas will have the mission to protect our European way of life, which is a rebranding of the Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship portfolio[2]. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), NGOs and civil society organizations, accuse the Commission of adopting far-right rhetoric and have dubbed it “a fake portfolio”[3] and an “insult to European values”[4].




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