Lefteris Christoforou
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Member of the European Parliament
for Cyprus
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Member of the House of Representatives (Cyprus)
In office
1996–2014
Personal details
Born (1963-08-31) 31 August 1963 (age 58)
Prastio, Famagusta, Cyprus
Political partyDemocratic Rally, European Peoples Party
Spouse(s)Diamanto Orthodoxou
Children1 son and 1 daughter
OccupationΕconomist

Lefteris Christoforou (Greek: Λευτέρης Χριστοφόρου; born 31 August 1963) is a Greek Cypriot politician.  He has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2014[1] and is Head of National Delegation in the European People's Party. He is a member of the Democratic Rally (DISY) and he served as Vise President from 2003 to 2013 and also as Deputy Chairman  from 2013 to 2019. He was a member of the Cyprus of Parliament from 1996 to 2014 and represented Famagusta.[2][3]

Political career

Christoforou started his political activity in the Youth Movement (MAKI), from 1976 to 1981. He continued his activity, during his studies in Greece, in the University Students Movement, Protoporia, of which he was the Chairman of the Executive Committee Protoporia. During the period 1993-1996 Lefteris Christoforou served as the District Leader of the Youth of the Democratic Rally (NEDISY) of Famagusta.

Member of the Cyprus Parliament, 1996-2014

In the 1996 Cyprus national elections, Lefteris Christoforou  was elected for the first time as a Member of  the Cyprus Parliament for DISY. He was the youngest member of the Cyprus Parliament and received the highest number of votes.  In the following parliamentary elections of 2001, 2006 and 2011, Christoforou was re-elected as a member of the Cyprus Parliament for the Famagusta District,  retaining the lead in terms of electoral votes.

During his term in the Cyprus Parliament, Christoforou served as a Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Energy, Tourism and Industry.

Parliamentary posts:

Member of the European Parliament, 2014-present

In 2004 he was appointed by the Cyprus Parliament as an Observer in the European Parliament.

Christoforou has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014 and he is a member of the European People's Party Group. He is the leader of the Cyprus delegation in the European People's Party Group.

He has been serving as:

In addition to his committee assignments, Christoforou is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Cancer and the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability.[5]

Education and early career

Christoforou studied economics with a scholarship from IKY and graduated with Distinction from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He continued his postgraduate studies in Business Administration at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Before his political career, Christoforou worked in the Financial and Banking Sector, in Greece and in Cyprus and gained significant experience in Finance and in Banking.

Personal information

Christoforou is married to Diamanto Orthodoxou and has a son Panagiotis and a daughter, Loukia.

References

  1. ^ "9th parliamentary term | Lefteris CHRISTOFOROU | MEPs | European Parliament". 13 July 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  2. ^ Support, Webarts. "Λευτέρης Χριστοφόρου". Δημοκρατικός Συναγερμός. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Parliament Of Cyprus". 13 July 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Parliament Of Cyprus". 13 July 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  5. ^ "9th parliamentary term | Lefteris CHRISTOFOROU | MEPs | European Parliament". 13 July 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2020.