Kostis Chatzidakis

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Kostis Chatzidakis
Κωστής Χατζηδάκης
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Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 June 2012
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born (1965-04-20) 20 April 1965 (age 49)
Rethymno, Greece
Political party New Democracy

Konstantinos (Kostis) Chatzidakis [1] (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος (Κωστής) Χατζηδάκης; born 20 April 1965 in Rethymno) is a Greek politician from the New Democracy party.[2]

He was elected a Member of the European Parliament for New Democracy (part of the European People's Party) in the European elections of 1994, 1999 and 2004.

In the 2007 Greek legislative election he was elected to the Greek Parliament for an Athens constituency, and consequently resigned from the European Parliament.

He served as Minister for Transport and Communications from 2007 to 2009 and then as Minister for Development in 2009.

On 15 December 2010, when leaving parliament during the Greek general strike, he was ambushed by protesters angry with his role in precipitating the 2010 debt crisis[3] leaving him with blood pouring from his head after being chased and beaten by dozens of protesters.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michalis Liapis
Minister for Transport and Communications
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Evripidis Stylianidis
Preceded by
Christos Folias
Minister for Development
2009
Position abolished
New office Minister of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks
2012–present
Incumbent