Minister Ionas Nicolaou Ministry of Justice and Public Order PARLIAMENTARY ACTIVITIES At the parliamentary elections of 27 May 2001 he was elected Member of the House of Representatives standing as a DISY candidate in Nicosia and was re-elected at the parliamentary elections of 21 May 2006 and again on the 22nd May 2011. He was chairman of the House Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and a member of the House Standing Committee on Internal Affairs from June 2004 up to February 2013. He was a member of the House Standing Committee on Crime and on the Fight Against Drugs and Addictive Substances, and a member of the House Standing Committee on Labour and Social Insurance. POLITICAL - SOCIAL ACTIVITIES He was a founding and active member of the Youth Organisation of DISY (NEDISY), an active member of the high school students section and president of the high school students council of NEDISY (1979-1980). During his studies at university in Greece he was a founding member of the “Protoporia” Cypriot Students Movement and a member of the movement’s councils (1982-1985). He was also the student representative at the board of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School and a member of the National Union of Cypriot Students in Thessaloniki. In 1986 he was elected member of the Steering Committee of NEDISY and played a leading part in the establishment of the High School Student Movement. He was an elected member of the District Executive Secretariat of DISY in Nicosia. In 1990 he was elected to the post of departmental organisations secretary and in 1993 to the post of district organisational secretary. From 1999 to 2003 he was district secretary of DISY in Nicosia. He was a member of the board of the Cyprus Grain Commission (1995-1998) and vice-chairman of the board of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (1998-2001). He participated in specialised seminars on liberalising the energy market, on competition, on strategic planning and on restructuring and developing of monopoly markets in Cyprus. He is the commissioner for Justice and Public Order of DISY, a member of the party Political Bureau’s Commissioners Council and a member of the Supreme Council of the party. He is vice-president of DISY. He also participates on behalf of the House of Representatives in the interparliamentary Assembly of Western European Union. STUDIES Law (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and postgraduate studies in London in European Union matters relating to harmonization with the acquis communautaire and to the liberalisation of monopoly markets.