Eva Kaili

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Eva Kaili
Εύα Καϊλή
Eva KAILI- Citizens’ Corner debate on fighting against corruption in EU (15318842323) (cropped).jpg
Vice-President of the European Parliament
Assumed office
18 January 2022
Serving with See List
PresidentRoberta Metsola
Member of the European Parliament for Greece
Assumed office
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
for Greece
In office
Personal details
Born (1978-10-26) 26 October 1978 (age 43) 43
Thessaloniki, Greece
Political partyPASOK
Alma materAristotle University of Thessaloniki
ProfessionArchitect, Politician

Eva Kaili (Greek: Εύα Καϊλή; born 26 October 1978 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a Greek politician of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and former television news presenter who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2014. She was elected as the Vice President of the European Parliament on 18 January 2022 with 454 votes. [1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Eva's father, Alexandros Kailis, is an Istanbul-born mechanical and electrical engineer. Her mother, Maria Ignatiadou, of Asia Minor Greek descent, grew up in Imathia. She has a younger sister, Mantalena, who is a lawyer and founder of ELONTech.

Kaili went to school and high school at the 1st Lyceum. She studied in the Polytechnic of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to be an Architect Engineer. Her Master of Arts at University of Piraeus, is on International and European Studies. She is a cPhD[clarification needed] of Political Economy on Practical responses to Crisis. She did a Principal economics course of Harvard and studied at the Greek School of Journalism. She also did a course on AI at the OIF Institute.

Early career[edit]

Before her political career, Kaili was a known newscaster at Mega Channel from 2004 until 2007. She was a consultant on Communication Strategy and Public and Foreign Affairs of Greek Pharmaceutical companies and one of the biggest Media Groups 2012-2014.

Political career[edit]

In 1992, Kaili joined the PASOK Youth. In 2001, she was President of the School of Architecture Students' Association and by 2002, she was already the youngest member to be elected in the Thessaloniki City Council.

Member of the Hellenic Parliament[edit]

In the 2004 national elections, Kaili was the youngest candidate standing. In the 2007 national elections, she was elected as a member of the Hellenic Parliament for the first district of Thessaloniki. At the time, she was the youngest Member of Parliament with the PASOK party. She retained her seat in the 2009 national elections until 2012.

During her term in Parliament, Kaili served as a member of the following Parliamentary Committees: Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs, Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs, and Special Permanent Committee of Greeks Abroad. She was also a member of the Greek delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. She has represented Greece in conferences and special missions abroad.

Ahead of a crucial vote of confidence for Prime Minister, George Papandreou in November 2011. Kaili made headlines when she announced that she would refuse to support the government in the vote; this would have left Papandreou with the support of just 151 PASOK deputies out of 300.[3] She later backtracked and Papandreou won the vote of confidence with all 155 lawmakers of PASOK expressing their support for his beleaguered government.[4]

Member of the European Parliament[edit]

Eva Kaili has been Member of the European Parliament since 2014 and a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in Europe. She is Chair of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA), Chair of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (C4AI), and Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT). She has been serving on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL). She is an alternate member on the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) and on Delegation for relations with the Arabian Peninsula (DARP) [5]

In addition to her committee assignments, Kaili is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Cancer,[6] the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability, the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (D-RU) and the Delegation for Relations with the United States of America (D-US). [7]

Eva Kaili, the Greek MEP of the Group of the Progressive Alliance and of Socialists and Democrats in the EP was the recipient of the 2018 MEP Awards for New Technologies.[8] Since 2019, is the Head of the Hellenic S&D (Socialists & Democrats) delegation. Kaili became Vice President of the European Parliament on 18th January 2022 after being elected on the first round of votes by 454 votes. She became the first Greek woman from S&D elected to the post, since 2014.


Kaili is mostly known internationally, as Founder of the Melon Tech Forum in Brussels and Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel of the European Parliament, leading Exponential Technologies. She was one of the "Women who Shape Brussels" and the "Tech MEPs gang" as the "leading MEPs addressing the digital revolution" by Politico Europe in 2018. She received the European Award as an MEP in 2018 for her work on the Digital Agenda for Europe. She was on the shortlist as one of the Best MEPs in 2016. Der Spiegel called her one of the best representatives of European citizens Business Insider called her "The most popular Greek politician in the world" with an "extremely impressive story" and next year too, as "an up and coming politician with strong support among the youth" in 2012 Der Spiegel also referred to her as a "Foresightful politician" and "brave" for her stance during the economic and political crisis of Greece, including her in its list of "People of the Year 2011"

As one of the Digital Leaders for Europe by the World Economic Forum of Davos and the Blockchain Council, she was one of the speakers in China at the Informal Group of World Economic Leaders by WEF in 2018. She is a member of the Global Council on Extended Intelligence of IEEE Standards Association and MIT Media Lab. CXI was created to design systems that integrate humans and machines prioritizing ideals, people, and the planet over profit and productivity for a Good Future <globalcxi.org> Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, accepted her request of transforming the Science and Technology Options Assessment #STOA the Scientific Foresight Unit and the European Science Media Hub, to the Future of Science and Technology Panel to monitor Exponential Science and Technologies, to provide Scientific Data to MEPs, to Communicate Science to European Citizens with workshops, studies and campaigns. She is the first woman Chairing Science and Technology in the EP. She is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFB) and she set up the Center for Artificial Intelligence that launched a collaboration with OECD Parliamentary Network on AI. She has ranked 1st for Social & Political Influence on Digital Policy and has been placed in position 13 for the politically multidimensional collaborations she develops with MEPs of other political groups and nationalities.


  1. ^ Photograph of Eva Kaili, Greece.
  2. ^ Biography
  3. ^ Dina Kyriakidou and Lefteris Papadimas (November 3, 2011), Greek prime minister faces knife-edge survival vote Reuters.
  4. ^ Rachel Donadio (November 4, 2011), Greek Leader Survives Vote, Bolstering Deal on Europe Debt The New York Times.
  5. ^ Eva Kaili European Parliament.
  6. ^ Intergroup European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC).
  7. ^ Members of the Disability Intergroup - S&D European Disability Forum.
  8. ^ "Eva Kaili wins MEP of the year award in Brussels". Retrieved 17 August 2021.

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