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Theodora (Dora)   BakoyannisNEA DIMOKRATIA

Theodora (Dora) Bakoyannis

Member of Parliament Chania

Contact Info

Web Site:
Athens Office
3, D. Areopagitou str.,
Zip Code: 11742, Athens
Tel.: (+30) 2109249486, 2109249488, 2109249489
Fax: (+30) 2109233201
Chania Office
2, Nikolaou Plastira str.,
Zip Code: 73134, Chania
Tel.: (+30) (+30) 2821008050, 2821008070

Personal Info

Place and Date οf Birth:
Dora Bakoyannis was born in Athens in 1954.
Marital Status:
She is married to Isidoros Kouvelos and has two children, Alexia and Kostas.
She was educated at the German School of Paris. After studying Political Science and Communication at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, she continued her studies in Political Science and Public Law at the University of Athens.
Foreign Languages:
German – French – English.

Parliamentary Activities

Dora Bakoyannis is a member of the Greek Parliament. She is also Chairperson of the Greek Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Dora Bakoyannis has been elected an MP since 1989. She was first elected as Member of Parliament for Evrytania, the constituency of her late husband, the journalist and scholar Pavlos Bakoyannis, following his assassination by a terrorist group.

Political/Social Activities

From 1990 to 1992 she served as Under-Secretary of State and from 1992 to 1993 as Minister for Culture in the Mitsotakis Cabinet.
She was the first female Mayor of Athens (2002-2006) and the first female Greek Foreign Minister (2006-2009), the highest post ever held by a woman in a Greek government.
In 1992, Dora Bakoyannis was awarded the International Leadership Award by the International Centre for Women. In 2005, the international organisation City Mayors elected her „World Mayor“. In 2008, Dora Bakoyannis was honoured with the Maximilian Award - European Award for Regional Policy and Local Government and in 2009 she was awarded the title of Honorary Senator by the European Academy of Human and Political Sciences in Salzburg.
In 2009, she was elected the First Female Foreign Associate of the French Academy in Humanities and Political Sciences. In 2013, she became a Meritus Doctor of the European Polytechnic University of Bulgaria, for her endeavours regarding Bulgaria’s and South-eastern Europe’s path towards the EU. In the same year she was awarded the OSCE Medal for her contribution to the approach between NATO and Russia at the Corfu Summit, during her chairmanship of the OSCE in 2009.
As a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe she was President of the Committee of Political Affairs and Democracy from 2014 until 2016. She has been the Co-Rapporteur for the Russian Federation (Monitoring Committee). She served as Rapporteur for the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland (Monitoring Committee), while currently she serves as Rapporteur for the Syrian crisis (Political Committee).


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