Nikos Dendias
The Minister for Development and Competitiveness
Hellenic Republic

Mr. Nikos Dendias graduated from the Athens College and was a student with honors at the Athens University Law School. He was awarded the post graduate degree of Master of Laws (L.L.M.) of the University of London, specializing in Maritime and Insurance Law at the University College London (U.C.L.) and in Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (L.S.E.).

He is a Supreme Court lawyer. He speaks English and Italian. He joined the Nea Dimokratia political party in 1978. He was a member of the Nea Dimokratia's Student Association DAP/NDFK, of the Students' Secretariat of the Nea Dimokratia Youth Organization (ONNED) and of the ONNED newspaper editorial board "Dimokratiki Protoporia" from 1979 until 1981.

In March 2004 he was elected MP for Corfu with Nea Dimokratia. He was re-elected in September 2007, in October 2009 and in June 2012, winning the only seat for Nea Dimokratia in Corfu. He was appointed Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection in June 2012 until June 2014. He served as Minister of Justice in the Nea Dimokratia Government from January 2009 until the national elections of the 4th October 2009.

In December 2009 he was appointed Head of the Citizen Protection Sector and one year later Parliamentary Spokesman for Nea Dimokratia, by decision of the Party Chairman, Mr. Antonis Samaras. He has served on numerous Parliamentary Committees: Constitutional Revision, Manufacturing & Trade, Public Administration, Public Order and Justice, Environmental Protection and Monitoring European Union Programmes.

Nikos Dendias was elected President of the Council of Europe Committee on Migration for the year 2013 and Vice President for 2012. He has been a member of the Committee since 2004. He has also been a member of the Council of Europe Legal Affairs Committee. From March 2008 until February 2009 he was President of the Hellenic Cancer Society Department in Corfu. He is President of the "Eptanission Politeia" cultural association and member of most associations and societies in Corfu, such as the Reading Society, the "Mantzaros" Philharmonic Society, the Environmental Protection Club etc.

Nikos Dendias, was born in Corfu and is married to Daphni Lala and has two sons, Spyros and Stefanos.