Maria Spyraki

Member of the European Parliament

Born in Larisa, 1965. She studied chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After completing her studies, she continued her education at the London School of Journalism. She has attended numerous seminars on Crisis Management, the Financial Crisis of 2010, on population displacement, and on operational peacekeeping at NATO.

She has recently attended the College of Europe’s Practice Seminar: Negotiations in Practice.

She currently attends an Executive Master’s Program at the Athens University of Economics and Business on European Studies.

She has worked for more than 20 years as a journalist in both the print press as well as in major television networks like SKAI, STAR, ALTER and MEGA.

Ms Spyraki worked in the European Parliament between 2003 and 2004 at the Press Office and was Head of Communications at the office of Commissioner Stavros Dimas during 2004-2009 term.

As a reporter, she has covered major political developments in South-East Europe and has covered the main political scenes from 1998 until 2014 when she resigned from all her journalism engagements to run for office at the European Parliament upon the request of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

She was elected first in order at the European Elections of 2014 with Nea Demokratia and she sits with the European People’s Party in the European Parliament. She is a member of the Committees of Regional Development and of Industry, Research and Energy as well as a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the relations of the EU with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

She is actively involved in issues regarding cohesion policy and structural funds, with a particular interest in areas that relate to energy, SMEs, Blue Growth as well as new financial instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

She was the spokesperson of Nea Demokratia between the 31st December 2014, until the 26th of January 2015. After the elections she resigned to return to her duties at the European Parliament.

She is married to Stratos Stylianides, who is an Adjunct Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and together they have two children.

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