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Panayiotis Ioakimidis, B.A, M.Sc, Ph.D is emeritus professor of European integration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens. He has been visiting professor at the Hellenic School of Public Administration (Athens), the Centre for Diplomatic Studies of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Athens), the NATO Defence College (Rome) and other academic institutions. He has lectured widely on European Union issues in Europe and the USA and written extensively on European integration issues.
P.C. Ioakimidis served as an adviser (Ambassador-Councilor) on European Union affairs to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Prime Minister C. Simitis. In this capacity, he took part in all major EU negotiations, including the negotiations for the Single European Act, the Treaty of Maastricht and the Treaty of Amsterdam. He was the Greek Representative to the Intergovernmental Conference for the Nice Treaty (2000) and alt. Member to the European Convention for drawing up the European Constitution (2002-2003).Among others, he served as President of the Administrative Board and General Director of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM) as well as a member of the Governing Board of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP.) and other institutions.