Nikolaos Dendias

Nikolaos Dendias


Nikolaos Dendias was born in Corfu.

He is a graduate of the Athens College and of the Athens University Law School (with honours). 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 - LSE).

He is a Supreme Court lawyer.

From March 2004 to December 2015 he was MP for Corfu with Nea Dimokratia. In January 2015 he was elected MP for Athens 2nd District, first in votes among his fellow candidates on N.D. ballot.

In January 2016 he was appointed parliamentary spokesperson of Nea Dimokratia.

He has served as Minister of National Defense from November 2014 until January 2015, as Minister of Development and Competitiveness from June 2014 until November 2014, as Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection from June 2012 until June 2014, as well as Minister of Justice,  from January 2009 to the national elections of October 4, 2009.

At present, he has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.

He has served on numerous Parliamentary Committees. Has been elected as Chairman of the Migration Committee of the Council of Europe in 2013 and Vice President in 2012, being a member of the Committee since 2004.

He is married to Dafni Lala and has three children.


our speakers

Thursday 08 October


    • Bogdan Aurescu
    • Heiko Maas
    • Ivan KorĨok
    • Jean-Yves Le Drian
    • Maithreyi Seetharaman
    • Nikolaos Dendias

    A Stronger Europe in the World – one of the top priorities of the Von der Leyen Commission. How will this agenda play out after the COVID-19 crisis? The Commission’s manifesto also pledged to promote “responsible global leadership” – a duty that seems to be widely ignored by other influencers of the rules-based international order, including the US and China. Has the time come for Europe to become a truly global leader? For some time now, the EU has worked to expand its influence beyond European borders. Despite the EU’s lofty goals and continued efforts, it is often criticized for being slow, ineffective, and compromised with regard to its international actions. Will this change as the EU faces the largest crisis since its creation? What are the building blocks of the European way of leadership? What will be the legacy of the German Council presidency, and how might this contribute to the EU’s growing international role? Will the EU live up to the expectations of global onlookers and address the far-reaching risks that have been created and exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Maria Theresia

    Grand Hotel River Park
    Live broadcast