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    Curriculum vitae CONSTANTINOS PETRIDES Under Secretary to the President

    Constantinos Petrides was born in Nicosia on 1st July, 1974. He graduated from the English School in Nicosia and served in the National Guard as a reserve infantry officer.

    He studied Economics at the University of Nottingham and then acquired an MSc in Political Economy of Transition in Europe from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

    During the negotiations for Cyprus’ accession to the EU in 2000 he worked on issues of harmonisation at the Directorate for EU-Cyprus relations of the Planning Bureau. From 2000 until 2006 he served as Senior Officer at the Association of Cyprus Banks and as representative of the Association to the European Banking Federation and the National Euro Changeover Committee.

    In 2006 he was hired at the European Commission in Brussels where he worked as an economist at the Directorate General for Agriculture and the Directorate General for Competition until September 2011. During his stay at the European Commission he served as negotiator of trade liberalisation agreements between the EU and third countries and also worked on issues of public aid in the field of transportations.

    In September 2011 he assumed duties as the Director of the Office of the President of the Democratic Rally.

    Mr Petrides assumed office as Under Secretary to the President on 1st March 2013.

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