Christos Stylianides is the EU's new 'Ebola czar'

Christos Stylianides, the EU’s incoming humanitarian affairs chief and now the bloc’s new Ebola czar. Photo by: European Commission

Just days after U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Ron Klain as the U.S. Ebola response coordinator in October, European Union member states picked Christos Stylianides, the incoming European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, as the bloc’s new “Ebola czar.”

Following his nomination, Stylianides announced Oct. 24 that he would go to West Africa in early November to assess the needs and gaps in the EU’s efforts to combat the disease. This made him the first high-level international official to visit the Ebola-affected region since the outbreak was first detected in March.

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    Diederik Kramers

    Diederik Kramers is a freelance correspondent in Brussels covering EU and NATO affairs. A former spokesperson and communications officer for UNICEF and UNHCR, he previously worked as foreign desk and Eastern Europe editor for the Dutch press agency ANP and as editor-in-chief of the Dutch quarterly Ukraine Magazine.