Margaritis Schinas took office as Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life in the Von der Leyen Commission in December 2019. Schinas started his career at the European Commission in 1990. Since then, he has served as the European Commission’s Chief Spokesperson, Resident Director and Head of the Athens Office of the European Commission’s Directorate‑General for Economic and Financial Affairs, and Deputy Head of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers. He was also a Member of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009. He holds an MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, a Diploma of Advanced European Studies on European Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a Law Degree from the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki.