Minister of Education and Religious Affairs
Member of Parliament Athens B
- Place AND Date οf Birth:
- Born in Patras on 15-05-1956.
- Marital Status:
- University Professor, lawyer.
- Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; postgraduate studies in European law at the Institute of European Studies, Brussels; Ph.D., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
- Foreign Languages:
- French, English.
Elected MP (PASOK) for Athens B in the 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2009 general election.
Member of the Standing Committee on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice, the Committee on Parliamentary Procedure, and the Committee for the Revision of the Constitution. Member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Inter-Atlantic Co-operation on Defence and Security.
Deputy Foreign Minister since 23-01-2002 to 10-03-2004. Secretary General of the Ministry for the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation, 09-09-1996 to 09-12-1997. In this post, he participated in the implementation of the I. Kapodistrias programme for the merger of communities and municipalities, and the introduction of the Ombudsman. Chairman of the committee that drew up the new Civil Service Code, and the committee for drawing up and implementing the new law on sports. Appointed associate Professor of Panteion University in 1995; he had been lecturing there since 1987. Participated in the anti-dictatorship struggle within the Antidiktatoriki EFEE (National Union of Students against Dictatorship). Vice-president of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Union of Law Students (1975-1977). President of the Union of Greek students in Belgium (1980-1982). Author of many papers and books on political systems, the workings of state institutions, fundamental rights, and the modern political history of Greece.