Sofia SAKORAFA : Curriculum vitae 

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Curriculum vitae (The MEP is solely responsible for the information published)  
Updated: 27/03/2019 

Education (qualifications and diplomas) 

  • 1975-1979 : Thessaloniki Gymnastics Academy (TEFAA)

Professional career 

  • 1980-1989 : Secondary School PE teacher
  • 1994-1996 : Special Adviser to the Under-Secretary of State for Sport
  • 1989-2006 : Self-employed (private gym in Maroussi)

Political career 

Offices held in a political party or national trade union  
  • 1993-2010 : Member of PASOK Central Committee
  • 2000-2001 : PASOK MP for Athens 2nd electoral district
  • 2005-2007 : Secretary PASOK Sports Section
  • 2007-2010 : PASOK MP for Athens 2nd electoral district
  • 12/2011-03/2012 : Political Cooperation with SYRIZA
  • 04/2012-05/2012 : Member of SYRIZA’s parliamentary group
  • 05/2012-04/2014 : SYRIZA-EKM MP for Athens 2nd electoral district
  • 05/2012-04/2014 : SYRIZA parliamentary group’s representative on the Interior Ministry’s Parliamentary Work Audit Committee
  • 12/2018-... : Member of the Political Secretariat of the European Realistic Disobedience Front (ΜeΡΑ25)
Offices held in local government bodies  
  • 1994-1998 : Athens Municipal Councillor
  • 1998-2002 : Amaroussi Municipal Councillor
  • 2002-2006 : Amaroussi Municipal Councillor as head of the list of candidates of the independent ticket ‘Maroussi, a town where life is good’
Offices held in a national parliament  
  • 2000-2001 : Member of the Hellenic Parliament
  • 2007-2014 : Member of the Hellenic Parliament
  • 2000-2012 : Member of the following Hellenic Parliament committees: Cultural and Educational Affairs, Equality, Youth and Human Rights, Production and Trade, Road Safety and participation in the parliamentary friendship groups with Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela and Russia
  • 2012-2014 : Member of the Committees on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice and on European Affairs
Offices held in an international political party organisation or an international trade union organisation  
  • 12/2018-... : Member of DiEM25

Other activities 

  • 1972-1987 : Javelin thrower. She participated in the Montreal and Moscow Olympics. She broke the Greek record for the javelin 17 times and has several times been Balkan and Mediterranean Games champion. In 1982 she took third place in the European Athletics Championship and in the same year broke the world record in Chania with a throw of 74.20 metres.
  • 1999 : Participates in the ‘Stop the War’ initiative, visits Yugoslavia with the AEK mission during the war.
  • 2004 : Peace Initiative, participates in the Palestinian Olympic team for the Athens Olympics and competes in sports events under the Palestinian flag.
  • 11/2008 : Participates as an international - independent observer of the local elections in Venezuela.
  • 2009 : Participates in the ‘Ship to Gaza’ initiative and visits Gaza during the shelling and later.
  • 22/12/2010 : In her speech during the 2011 budget debate in Parliament, she proposes the creation of an Audit Commission.
  • 06/05/2011 : An initiative is being put in place to establish the Audit Commission and an international conference is being organised on ‘Debt and Austerity: from the Global South to Europe ‘6-8 / 5/2011.
  • 08/05/2011 : The ‘Athens Declaration on Debt and Austerity for Joint Action and Solidarity’ is signed by Greek and international personalities. In support of this initiative, she participates as speaker at conferences in Latin American and European countries and writes articles in the Greek and international press.
  • 03/2015-10/2015 : Member of the Hellenic Parliament's Debt Truth Committee and is responsible for communicating the Committee’s work to the European Parliament, national parliaments and the peoples of Europe.

Honours 

  • In 2004, President Yasser Arafat conferred on her honorary Palestinian citizenship.

Contact 

  • Bruxelles 

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    B-1047 Bruxelles/Brussel
     
  • Strasbourg 

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  • Postal address 

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