September 23, 2020, 05.15 PM

BRUSSELS, - The European Commission presented several measures aimed at addressing structural racism and discrimination acknowledging a blatant lack of diversity among the European Union’s institutions.

The EU’s executive arm has prepared an action plan for the next five years.

Among the initiatives include strengthening existing legal frameworks, increasing the diversity of EU staff, and recruiting an anti-racism coordinator.

The European Commission's vice president for values and transparency, Vera Jourová, said that recent anti-racism protests in the US and Europe highlighted the need for action.

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“We have reached a moment of reckoning. The protests sent a clear message, change must happen now," Jourová said. “It won’t be easy, but it must be done.

“We won’t shy away from strengthening the legislation, if needed,” she said. "The commission itself will adapt its recruiting policy to better reflect European society.”

The current College of Commissioners, which oversees the bloc's policies, is made up of 27 members, one from each EU country.

All the members of the team set up last year by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are white.

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