The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos congratulated on Friday the European Commission’s new President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice President Margaritis Schinas.
In his congratulatory letter to both of them, Mr Pavlopoulos referenced European issues for their consideration, especially migration, where he asked for greater solidarity between EU member states.
“You are called to lead the European Commission in a difficult period of rapid globalisation during which the people of Europe and the state members can retain their position in the world only if they remain united and promote the European integration. The rise of populism in Europe clearly indicates the urgent need for effective measure for the further deepening of the Union,” Pavlopoulos said in his letter to the newly appointed President.
“Your experience and your genuine devotion to the European integration as well as your highly-qualified associates guarantee that the term of your Commission will be fruitful.”
In his letter to Schinas, the Greek President congratulated him and sent his wishes for success in his mission.
About Vice President Margaritis Schinas*
Schinas became an Member of European Parliament (MEP) for the New Democracy party (which is part of the European People’s Party), following the resignation of Antonis Samaras from the European Parliament on 25 September 2007. During his time in office, he was a member of the Committee on Budgets. He served until 2009 and was not a candidate in the 2009 European elections.
In 2010, Schinas was appointed Deputy Director of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers by President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. He had worked at the European Commission from 1990 until 2007 and held a number of senior posts, including as chief of staff for the Cypriot Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou, from 2004 to 2007. In April 2013 he was appointed Director at the Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.
Following the 2019 European election, Schinas was nominated to serve as the European Commission vice president for “Protecting our European Way of Life”, who will be responsible for upholding the rule-of-law, migration and internal security. He became the first Greek to hold such a high-ranking position in the Europe’s top decision-making body.