The European Commission's Chief Spokesperson, Mr. Margaritis Schinas, will be the keynote speaker at the High School and Vocational High School Commencement Ceremony to be held on 22 June.
Margaritis Schinas was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1962. He holds an MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, a DAES in European Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a Degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was also awarded the Robert Schuman research fellowship by the European Parliament.
Mr Schinas has been working for the European Commission since 1990 holding various positions of responsibility mainly in the private offices of Commissioners. He also served as the Head of Press and Information in the Commission Representation in Greece.
Mr. Schinas was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in September 2007 (EPP) and was a full Member of the Budgets Committee, Member of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Delegation as well as alternate Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Upon the completion of his parliamentary term of office, Mr Schinas returned to the European Commission as Principal Adviser and deputy Head of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers.