Prokopis Pavlopoulos was elected as the new President of Greece, despite rumors that Syriza would propose Dimitris Avramopoulos for president. Pavlopoulos was Minister of the Interior and Public Order during December 2008 riots in Greece.
Dimitris Avramopoulos remains E.U. Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner. His priorities are (E.U. site):
- Improving border control by boosting the effectiveness of the border agency Frontex and by pooling resources from EU countries, while facilitating access for those who have a legitimate interest in entering the EU.
- Promoting a new European policy on regular migration to help the EU address skill shortages inter alia by reviewing the ‘Blue Card’ legislation.
- Making sure the common European asylum system is fully implemented, while developing a strategy to improve the response to emergency situations, with a focus on solidarity and cooperation with non-EU countries.
- Dealing with irregular migration, including by ensuring smooth return, in cooperation with non-EU Member States.