Yannos Kranidiotis(†) was Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece responsible for European Affairs.
He was born in Nicosia, Cyprusin 1947. He studied law in Greece (University of Athens) and International Law and International Relations in the U.S.A.(Harvard University) and in the U.K.(Sussex University). He held a Ph.D. in International Relations (from the Law School of Dimokritos University). Since 1973 Member of the Athens Bar.
In 1981 (until 1984), he undertook the position of the Special advisor to the Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou on issues concerning the Republic of Cyprus, as well as, advisor to the Foreign Ministry on issues concerning the European Communities.
From 1984 until 1989 he was appointed Special Secretary for European Communities’ at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1988 until 1990, he was Director of the Greek Center for European Studies, and from 1991 until 1992 as an Advisor to the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on European Affairs, he contributed playing an important role to the future adhesion of Cyprus to the European Union.
1993 – 1994 Secretary General for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece and a year after he was appointed Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
In January 1995, he was elected Member of the European Parliament (Socialist Group), position which he held until 1997, being an active member of the Committee of External Affairs of the European Parliament, as well as Vice President of the joint Parliamentary Committee of European Union –Cyprus.
He played an important role in the Intergovernmental Conference for the revision of E.U. Treaty as representative of Greece(1996 – 1997) and from February 1997 until February 1999 he was appointed again Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Finally in 1999, he was appointed Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for European Affairs.
He was the author of numerous books and articles on International Relations and Foreign and European policy issues. He was married and father of a son.
Yannos Kranidiotis died together with his son Nicolas in an airplane accident in September 1999, on his way to an official visit toRomania.