Greece’s Migration Policy Minister Loses Race for EU Commissioner for Human Rights

Greek Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas is out of the race for the European Council’s Commissioner for Human Rights, after coming fourth in Thursday’s vote.

Mouzalas received 21 votes, not enough to put him among the three candidates who will run for the position.

The three candidates are French jurist Pierre-Yves Le Borgn (31 votes); who is also considered most likely to win, Slovenia’s Commissioner for the Prevention of Corruption Goran Klemencic (29 votes), and former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic from Bosnia-Herzegovina (26 votes).

“We fought a very important battle with seriousness and dignity. All seven candidates were particularly noteworthy and we do not underestimate the fellow candidates,” Mouzalas told the Athens Macedonia News Agency.

When asked about his future plans, he replied: “We continue.”

The new commissioner will be elected in January and take office on April 1.