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Markopouliotis Takes Over From Kaminara At EU House, Nicosia

Brussels – Georgios Markopouliotis will take over from Androulla Kaminara as Head of the European Commission Representation in Nicosia on 16 March 2012, said the European Commission in a statement. Kaminara will be returning to Brussels to take up a position as an advisor.

"His rich and varied experience will enable the Commission Representation in Cyprus to play a key role in communicating with citizens and the media, and will help enhance relations between the European Commission and national and local authorities and stakeholders," says the Commission's statement.

Markopouliotis has over 25 years of experience in the Commission, having served in a number of advisory and managerial posts. Joining the Commission in 1987, he served in his early years as a member in the Cabinets of Commissioners Bruce Millan and Monika Wulf-Mathies, who were responsible for Regional Policies and the Cohesion Fund under the Delors II and Santer Commissions respectively.

Since 1996 Markopouliotis held several managerial positions, initially in the Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs, then as the Head of the Representation of the Commission in Athens, notably covering the time of the Greek Presidency in the first half of 2003.

In 2006, after returning to Brussels, he headed the Unit in DG Communication dealing with the Commission's communications priorities and, later, was in charge of the coordination of the European Commission Representations in the 27 Member States.

From February 2010 to December 2011, he was the Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Maria Damanaki, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. He studied Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research in the UK between 1978 and 1986 at the Universities of Essex, London School of Economics and Imperial College London.

In 1986 and before joining the Commission, he worked as a statistician in a UK-based insurance company.

Background Note:

The European Commission has representations in all 27 EU Member States. They inform the media and public about European Union policies and report to the Commission on significant developments in the country.

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