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Stavros Lambrinidis (Greek: Σταύρος Λαμπρινίδης; born 6 February 1962, in Athens) is a former Vice President of the European Parliament and was between 17 June 2011 until 11 November 2011 the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Yale University

A high school graduate of the Athens College, M.P. Stavros Lambrinidis studied economics and political sciences in Amherst College receiving a B.A. with the distinctions of Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his studies with a full scholarship in Yale Law School, obtaining a Juris Doctor, a few years after his close friend Hillary Clinton.

In Yale University he worked as an Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration, as well as the editor-in-chief of The Yale Journal of International Law.[1]
Early Career

He trained in International Trade, Transactions and Arbitration [2], as a colleague of Lloyd Cutler [3] (founder of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and law advisor of the White House during Jimmy Carter's and Bill Clinton's Presidencies). After finishing his training, he was assigned the post of the Chairman of the Committee for Human Rights in the Bar Association of Washington, D.C..

His career in Greece, started in 1994 as a special advisor to Prime Minister George A. Papandreou and continued as the director of personnel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during Theodoros Pangalos's post in the Ministry in 1996. After being released from his duties, he became the Ambassador at Large of the Hellenic Republic and a few years later the Director General of the International Olympic Truce Center (International Olympic Committee organization).

During this period, he was a visiting Professor in the International Olympic Academy in Athens as well as the Police Academy of Greece. He was also a guest speaker in the Global Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in the years 2003 and 2004.[4]
European Parliament

M.P. Stavros Lambrinidis started his career in the European Parliament in 20 July 2004 [5], as a Member of the European Parliament for the PA.SO.K.. A few months later he was elected as the Vice President of the Party of European Socialists and in April 2005, he was elected as the Member of the European Parliament in charge of the Parliamentary group of the PA.SO.K..

During this term, he served as a Vice President of the Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (L.I.B.E.)[6], as a Member of the Delegation of Relations with the United States[7], as well as a Substitute-Member of the Delegation of Relations with Iran and the Committee of the Constitutional Affairs.

In July 2009, he was elected as a Vice President of the European Parliament[8] and in November 2010, he was a speaker of the European Data Protection and Privacy Conference.[9]

As a popular politician, with a large experience in the diplomatic field, international trade, foreign relations and a political instinct, M.P. Stavros Lambrinidis was reckoned as one of the most favourable candidates for the Presidency of the European Parliament.
Foreign Affairs

Following a cabinet reshuffle that took place in 17 June 2011 in Athens, Greece, Prime Minister George A. Papandreou announced Stavros Lambrinidis as the new Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece. A month after the assignment of his new post, he signed a Cultural Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on import restrictions for archaeological finds between the U.S. and Greece, in order to combat the illegal trade of Greek antiquities that have frequently turned up in foreign museums.[10]

As a former Ambassador at Large of the Hellenic Republic, since July 2011 visited numerous European countries[11], to explain thoroughly the effectiveness of the reforms taking place in Greece and the investment opportunities in the country, in order to establish a vote of confidence for the financial assistance which is given by the E.U. member countries[12], as well to attract new foreign investors. During his interviews, he also made a number of proposals about the establishment of new legislation and organizations, such as the creation of a fiscal model, that would make the E.U. more united, in order to be able to prevent, or tackle a lot more effectively a financial crisis that could be created again in the future.[13]

In September 2011, he represented Greece on the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations.[14]
Awards

Honorary Doctorate of the Donetsk National University in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
Hellenic Leadership Conference, for his work in the promotion of Hellenic perspectives abroad

Publications

"Integration of Immigrants into the E.U." - European Parliament's Reports
"Promoting Security and Fundamental Rights in the Electronic Age" - European Parliament's Reports

See Also

European Parliament
PA.SO.K.
Vice Presidents of the European Parliament
Cabinet of Greece

References

^ http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Stavros_Lambrinidis
^ http://www.fpa.org/events/index.cfm?act=show_event&event_id=111
^ http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/gpes/public/mepsdetail.htm?id=433&section=NET&category=MEPS
^ http://en.olympic.cn/news/2004-01-24/63987.html
^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/archive/alphaOrder/view.do?language=EN&id=28576
^ http://www.dataprotection.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=426
^ http://memopol2.lqdn.fr/europe/parliament/deputy/StavrosLambrinidis/
^ http://www.pes.org/en/about-pes/pes-eu/pes-european-parliament
^ http://www.eu-ems.com/speakers.asp?event_id=62&page_id=427
^ http://wvgazette.com/ap/ApInternational/201107170919
^ http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/10/46002
^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/EU-values-under-strain-in-crisis-Greek-foreign-minister/articleshow/9290957.cms
^ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-21/eu-is-developing-economic-governance-greece-s-lambrinidis-says.html
^ http://usa.greekreporter.com/2011/09/26/foreign-minister-stavros-lambrinidis-concludes-meetings-at-un-general-assembly/

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