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Former EU Commissioner Stylianides candidate for Greek ministerial post

File photo: Christos Stylianides

Former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is a candidate for a ministerial post in Greece, reports said on Sunday.

Stylianides, a Cypriot national, was the EU’s former European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management (2014 to 2019) while he is now serving as the EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU.

According to Greek news portal Ethnos.gr, Stylianides, 63, is expected to be asked by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to take on the portfolio of the newly-established civil protection ministry as part of Greece’s cabinet reshuffling.

The news portal reports that Mitsotakis was expected to discuss the matter with Stylianides in the afternoon, and in the case of an agreement, his appointment is to be announced possibly on Monday.

Stylianides previously served as government spokesperson between 2013 and 2014 in the Nicos Anastasiades administration and from 1998 to 1999 under Glafcos Clerides. He was DISY MP between 2006 and 2013 while he served briefly as MEP in 2014.

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