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Mr. Kostas Simitis was born in Piraeus in June 23, 1936. He is a Lawyer and University Professor. He studied Law in Marburg University of Germany (1959) and Economics in London School of Economics. He was elected as a member of the Greek Parliament representing PASOK in Piraeus district in the elections of 1985,1989,1993,2004 and 2007. In January 1996 he was elected as Prime Minister by the Parliamentary Group of PASOK. He resigned from office in 2004.Before becoming Prime Minister he served in a number of ministerial posts: Minister of Agriculture (1981-1985), Minister of National Economy (1985-1987), Minister of Education (1989-1990), Minister of Commerce (1993-1995), Minister of Industry & Technology (1993-1995). He became a law professor in Germany (1971-1975) and professor of Business Law at the Panteion University, Athens (1977-1981). He was a founding member (1974) of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He is the author of a large number of books and articles.