Nikos Dendias was appointed Minister of Development and Competitiveness in June 2014. In June 2012 he was appointed Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection until June 2014. From January 2009 to the national elections of October 4, 2009, he was Minister of Justice. In Decem- ber 2009 he was appointed head of the Civil Protection sector and one year later parliamentary spokesperson of Nea Dimokratia. In March 2004 he was elected as an MP for Corfu with Nea Dimokratia. He was re-elected in September 2007, in October 2009 and in June 2102, winning the only seat for Nea Dimokratia in Corfu. He has served on numerous Parliamentary Committees: Revision of the Constitution, Manufacturing & Trade, Public Administration, Public Order and Jus- tice, Environmental Protection and Monitoring European Union Programs. He has been elected as Chairman of the Migration Committee of the Council of Europe in 2013 and as Vice President in 2012. He has been a member of the Committee since 2004. He has been politically active with Nea Dimokratia (New Democracy) since 1978. He was a member of DAP/NDFK, of ONNED Student Secretariat and of the editorial board of the ONNED Journal “Democratic Lead” from 1979 to 1981. He is a graduate of the Athens College and of the Athens University Law School (with honors). He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London, specializing in Maritime and Insurance Law (University College - UCL) and Criminology (London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE). He is a Supreme Court lawyer. He speaks English and Italian. He is married to Dafni Lala and has two sons, Spyros and Stefanos.