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Short, sharp, this answer is followed by a long silence, as if there was nothing more to add. This is what the Home Affairs Commissioner, Swedish Social Democrat Ylva Johansson, made on September 10, when asked whether ethnic minorities had a sufficient place in the staff of the European institutions. “All European citizens must feel represented, we must be a reflection of society,” she added, in self-criticism, after a long pause.

A few days after this intervention, on September 18, the European Commission announced that it would take the bull by the horns. For the first time in its history, it is preparing to conduct a survey – optional and anonymous – on the ethnic profile of its employees. Information that will enable it to influence its recruitment policy and set a minimum target for representation.

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