European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, EU
On 1 November 2014, Christos Stylianides started as the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. On October 24 2014, he was appointed by the European Council EU Ebola Coordinator. Previously, he was a Member of the European Parliament (EPP Group) and a Government Spokesperson of the Republic of Cyprus. From 2006 to 2013, he served as a Member of the Cyprus House of Representatives and as a Member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Mr Stylianides also co-founded the Movement for Political Modernization and Reform, promoting Cyprus´s EU accession and state & political reform. Mr Stylianides has been a leading member of grassroots youth movements in support of EU membership and the solution of the Cyprus problem since the early 1980's; and is actively involved in the rapprochement between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities through joint civil society and political initiatives. He has a degree in Dental Surgery and an executive education in International Development (JFK School of Government, Harvard University, USA). Mr Stylianides speaks Greek and English, and is married with one son.