Greeks and Cypriots on the move
A game of musical chairs.
The appointment of Georgios Markopouliotis as head of the European Commission’s representation to Cyprus on 7 March was part of a wider game of musical chairs of Greek and Cypriot officials in and out of Commission posts.
From February 2010 to the end of December 2011, Markopouliotis, a Greek national, was the head of the
cabinet of his compatriot Maria Damanaki, the European commissioner for fisheries and maritime affairs. After a spell in the Commission’s communications department, on the management of representations’ communication strategies, he went to Nicosia to replace Androulla Kaminara, a Cypriot national, who returned to Brussels to become a special adviser in the Commission’s communication department.
Meanwhile, a Cypriot national, Themis Christophidou, took over from Markopouliotis as Damanaki’s head of cabinet. She previously worked as deputy head of cabinet for Androulla Vassiliou, the (Cypriot) European commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth – where she was replaced by Yiannos Asimakis, another Cypriot national who previously worked as a head of unit in the Commission’s budget department’s central financial-service directorate.