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|Member of the European Parliament
|Member of the Hellenic Parliament
for Thessaloniki I
2007 – 2012
26 October 1978 |
|Alma mater||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki|
|Religion||Christian (Greek Orthodox)|
Eva Kaili (Greek: Εύα Καϊλή; born 26 October 1978 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a member of the European Parliament, representing the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), and a former television news presenter.
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. Eva has a younger sister, Mantalena, who is a lawyer.
She obtained her undergraduate degree in architecture and engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2008, she was awarded a Master of Arts in International Relations by the University of Piraeus, Department of International and European Studies. Eva is currently studying towards a PhD in International Political Economy with the same university. She also took online courses in Basic Principles of Economics at Harvard University in 2012.
From 2004 to 2007 Eva worked as a journalist and anchorwoman for Mega Channel, a major TV channel in Greece. She also studied journalism in Workshop for Professional Journalism, a private college in Athens before becoming a member of the Journalists’ Association of Athens.
In 1992 Eva joined the socialist Panhellenic Camp of Militant Students (PASP) and 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. She is also actively involved with Love146, an international organisation against child slavery and exploitation and a member of the Panagia Soumela foundation.
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
In the 2009 national elections she was elected as a member of the Hellenic Parliament for the first district of Thessaloniki. She still remains the youngest Member of Parliament with the PASOK party, while in 2004 national elections she once again was the youngest candidate standing.
During her term in Parliament, Eva has 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 is also a member of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. She has represented Greece in a host of international conferences and special missions abroad.
- Member of the Special Committee for Hellenes Abroad (Hellenic Diaspora)
- Member of the Committee for National Defense and Foreign Affairs
Member of the European Parliament
In the 2014 European Parliament election, she was elected one of two MEPs on PASOK's Elia list. She affiliates with the parliamentary group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and is member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, president of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and member of the Conference of Delegation Chairmen.
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