Government nominates Defense Minister Avramopoulos as Greece’s new commissioner

Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos is the coalition government’s final choice as Greece’s commissioner in the new European Commission.

As was announced on Sunday, “following the 16th of July, 2014 European Council’s decision, the government informed the new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker through a letter that it nominates the Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos for the position of Commissioner in the new European Commission”.

Premier Antonis Samaras had previously, on Saturday, informed Dora Bakoyannis that she was not the government’s choice for Greece’s new commissioner. Bakoyannis is a senior coalition government partner New Democracy party MP heading its State-list, daughter of ex Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis and sister of Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.