Margaritis Schinas is the current Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission, and a Deputy Director-General at the Commission's DG Communication. He has in his life been a politician and European Union civil servant. He served as Member of the European Parliament for the New Democracy Party of Greece from 2007 to 2009. In 2010, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers by Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He has worked at the European Commission since 1990 and held a number of senior posts, including as Head of Cabinet for the Cypriot Commissioner, Markos Kyprianou, from 2004 to 2007. In April 2013 he was appointed Director at the Commission's DG Economic and Financial Affairs.