Spyros A. Pappas

Prior to founding the firm, Spyros A. Pappas held various senior positions in Greece, the Netherlands and the European Union. Having been called to the Athens Bar in 1976, he was a member of the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat) by 1978, Maître des Requêtes in 1983. In 1985 he took over as Secretary General of the National Centre of Public Administration and set it up. In 1988 he became an Associate Professor (Professor after 1992) of European Law at the European Institute for Public Administration (Maastricht), which he was Director-General of, between 1990-1995.

From 1995 to 2001 he held the positions of Director General in the European Commission, in charge of of Consumer Policy (DG XXIV) setting up the relevant directorate general that flourished for over 15 years as SANCO, Director-general of Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual Policy (DG X), and, finally, Director General of the directorate-general of Education and Culture (EDUC) that he proposed and set up. He returned to private practise in 2001, and is currently a member of both the Athens and Brussels Bar Associations.

Associations:

– Member of the Athens and Brussels Bars;
– Chairman of SRDA, The Center of Social Responsibility in the Digital Age (www.srda.eu);
– Chairman of Argo: Argo-Brussels Hellenic Network (http://argo-network.eu/el).

Languages:

– Greek (mother tongue)
– English (fluent)
– French (fluent)
– German (independent user)

Academic Qualifications:

– Degree in Law (University of Athens – Faculty of Law);
– Degree in Political Sciences (University of Athens – Faculty of Political Sciences);
– Post-Graduate Diploma in Administrative Law (Panteios School of Economic and Political Sciences, Athens);
– Certificate in the French Civilization (University of Sorbonne, Paris);
– Post-Graduate Degree (D.E.A) in Public Administration and in Public Law (University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne);
– Certificate in Community Law (Directorate for European Affairs of the Ministry for Coordination, Athens);
– Diploma in Advance Management Programme (INSEAD, Fontainebleau);
– Certificate in the USA Governmental System, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC).

Articles & Books:

Numerous articles in the field of administrative and constitutional law, European law, competition policy, audiovisual policy, consumer policy, culture and sport, environment, European integration, administrative science and policy analysis published in scientific reviews, books or newspapers in the most of the European Countries and in the US; the more recent ones are dealing with “The New European Governance”, “The Euro-Digital Democracy”, “After Nice: more intergovernmental or more federal?”, “The cultural dimension of Euro”, “The paradoxes of the European Community”, “A new era of competition policy under the guidance of the Court of First Instance”, “The alteration of the right of initiative of the European Commission”, “The competence of making regulatory decisions of the European Commission”, “Morale and change in the Union” etc.. Among the books: “Current trends and developments in the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Communities” EIPA, vol. I, 1993, vol. II 1995; “National Procedures for the preparation and implementation of Community decisions”, EIPA, 1994; “EC Competition Law: Financial aspects”, UK Association of European Law and EIPA, 1994, coed. with Lord Slyn; “The changing roles of Parliaments in the European Union, EIPA, 1995, co-ed. with Prof. F. Laursen; “The European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy: the challenges of the future”, EIPA, 1996, co-ed. with S. Vanhoonacker.

Other Achievements:

First Prize of the Foundation for Administrative Law ‘Michel Stassinopoulos’ (1976); Scholar of the Council of Europe (1977); Officer in the Order of Merit of the Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the diffusion of Community law in the Member States and the creation of the European Centre of Judges and Lawyers in 1992 (1994); “Medal of Honor” from the European Institut (Lodz) for the contribution to Poland’s integration process into the EU (1998); Honorary Fellow of the European College of Sport Science of the Universities of Cologne and Jyväskylä (2000); Honorary Member of the Association of European Journalists (The Hague)(2000).