Graduate of the Legal Faculty of the University of Athens (Public Law and Political Science Department) (1972–1976): postgraduate studies (Master of Arts) in International Affairs at the American University (Washington, 1977–1979); postgraduate studies in international law and diplomatic history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston, 1979–1981).
Political affairs adviser in the Prime Minister's Diplomatic Office (1983–1986). Political affairs adviser in the Foreign Ministers' Diplomatic Office (1986–1989). Member of the European Parliament (from 1994). First Vice-Chairman of the Committees on Petitions and Citizens rights (1994–1999). Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway (1999–2000). Second Vice-President of the European Parliament (2002–2004). Chairman of the Conciliation Committee (2000–2004). Responsible for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.
Press and communications attaché at the Greek Embassy in Washington, USA (1977–1979). Diplomatic history researcher at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston, USA (1979–1981). Visiting professor at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs Institute of Diplomacy (Athens, 1983–1988).