|Curriculum Vitae IONAS NICOLAOU,
Minister of Justice and Public Order
Ionas Nicolaou was born in Geri, in Nicosia, on January 21st 1963. He is married to Maria Kinani and they have two daughters.
At the parliamentary elections of May 27th 2001 he was elected Member of the House of Representatives standing as a DISY candidate in Nicosia and was re-elected at the parliamentary elections of May 21st 2006 and again on May 22nd 2011.
He was chairman of the House Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and a member of the House Standing Committee on Internal Affairs from June 2004 to February 2013.
He was a member of the House Standing Committee on Crime and on the Fight Against Drugs and Addictive Substances, and a member of the House Standing Committee on Labour and Social Insurance.
POLITICAL - SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
He was a founding and active member of the Youth Organisation of DISY (NEDISY), an active member of the high school students section and President of the high school students council of NEDISY (1979-1980). During his studies in Greece he was a founding member of the “Protoporia” Cypriot Students’ Movement and a member of the movement’s councils (1982-1985). He was also the students’ representative at the board of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School and a member of the National Union of Cypriot Students in Thessaloniki. In 1986 he was elected member of the Steering Committee of NEDISY and played a leading role in the establishment of the High School Student Movement.
He was an elected member of the District Executive Secretariat of DISY in Nicosia. In 1990 he was elected to the post of the secretary of departmental organisations and in 1993 to the post of district organisational secretary. From 1999 to 2003 he was district secretary of DISY in Nicosia.
He was a member of the Board of the Cyprus Grain Commission (1995-1998) and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (1998-2001).
He participated in specialised seminars on liberalising the energy market, on competition, on strategic planning and on restructuring and developing of monopoly markets in Cyprus.
He is the Commissioner for Justice and Public Order of DISY, a member of the Commissioners’ Council of DISY Political Bureau as well as a member of the Supreme Council of the party. He also is Vice-President of DISY.
He also participated on behalf of the House of Representatives in the Interparliamentary Assembly of Western European Union.
He has assumed duties as Minister of Justice and Public Order on March 1st 2013.
He has published articles in the daily press and studies in scientific journals in Cyprus and abroad.
He studied Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and pursued postgraduate studies in London in European Union matters relating to harmonization with the acquis communautaire and to the liberalisation of monopoly markets.