Minister of Development and Competitiveness, Greece
The minister of Development Kostis Hatzidakis was born in Rethymno, Crete, in 1965. From June 2012 to June 2013 he was Minister of Development and Infrastructure. During 2007-2009 he was Minister of Transport and Communications and Minister of Development. He has been elected as a member of the Greek Parliament three times (September 2007, October 2009, May/June 2012).
Previously (1994 - 2007) he was Member of the European Parliament with the New Democracy Party. In the European Parliament he was Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Regional Policy for two and a half years and Parliamentary Representative of the European Peoples’ Party on the same Committee. Before his election as a Member of the European Parliament, he was General Secretary of DAP-NDFK and President of ONNED.
He studied law at the University of Athens and continued his studies at the University of Kent, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Communication and Image Studies.