Schinas: Hard for any country to reject historic EU recovery proposal

The European Commission's proposal of a 750-bln-euro recovery package reflects Europe's ability to overcome its limitations during times of crisis and mobilize unprecedented means never before available, European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said on Wednesday.

EU Commission VP weighs into migrant center row

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas on Wednesday weighed in on a row between the Greek government and local authorities over plans to build pre-deportation centers on the five Aegean islands that are on the frontline of the migration/refugee crisis, calling for a greater "sense of responsibility and consensus."

Healing wounds

The nomination on Tuesday of Margaritis Schinas to serve as a European Commission vice president by European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, constitutes a milestone for Greece.

EC spokesman meets with bloc's new chief

European Commission communication chief Margaritis Schinas held his first "informal" meeting with newly elected Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The Greek spokesman announced the meeting on Twitter on Wednesday, posting a photograph with the German former defense minister.

"There is a lot of work lying ahead and major challenges," Schinas commented in the post.

Bulgarian Appointed to be Chief Spokesperson of European Commission

Bulgarian Mina Andreeva is appointed to temporarily be the chief spokesperson of the European Commission, Andreeve told a press conference on July 19. She was currently deputy chief spokesperson, but the incumbent Margaritis Schinas is to be nominated by Greece to the next Commission, reports BNT,

Greece to nominate Margaritis Schinas as country's new European Commissioner

The Greek government on Thursday is expected to nominate European Commission's chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas as the country's next European commissioner, Kathimerini understands.
Sources said the announcement will be made later on Thursday.
Schinas served as a member of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009 with New Democracy.

Schinas on Greek referendum anniversary: No nostalgia for first half of 2015

The European Commission does not feel any nostalgia for the way the Greek government handled its negotiations with its creditors in the first half of 2015, spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Thursday, asked to comment on the three-year anniversary from the referendum called by the governing coalition in Greece and the political controversy over post-bailout surveillance.