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Michael Arapis

 

Michael Arapis is the member of the Nea Demokratia UK Executive Committee Responsible for Wales.  He is also the Chief Editor for publications issued by Nea Demokratia UK including the Official Newsletter Publication.

Michael lives permanently in the United Kingdom since 2002.  He grew up in Piraeus (City Centre and Maniatika district) and his family originates from the historic region of Mani in the Peloponnese.

He studied Law with a specialisation in Commercial Law (LLB in Commercial Law) and holds a Masters in Law (LLM in International Commercial Law).

He has worked for some leading law firms in Cardiff, the Capital of Wales. He acquired considerable experience in the area of Public Administration due to his administrative work on several hospitals of the National Health Service (NHS). He is also involved in Public Relations as well as in organising and managing events.  Additionally, he is an experienced interpreter (English and Greek) in events and conferences. He is also a translator of plain, academic and legal documents.

He is very active socially and has a leading position in the Greek Community and the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas Cardiff.  He is the Vice-President and the Public Relations Officer of the Greek Orthodox Community of Cardiff and South Wales.

As a Pro-European liberal he is the Wales Coordinator of the New Europeans through which he is fighting in order to safeguard the rights of the 3 million EU Citizens from other EU countries who reside in the UK. Moreover, he is campaigning for the retention of the existing right to vote in the Welsh Assembly and Council elections for the EU Citizens who reside in Wales even if the UK leaves indeed from the EU.

He is a member of the Board of Governors of the St Mary The Virgin, Church of Wales, Primary School in his ward Butetown – Cardiff Bay where he stood as a candidate for the Council Elections in 2017.

He campaigned very actively in favour of the UK remaining in the EU and he organised and led campaigning sessions. He served as the Chair of the Young European Movement (YEM) for Wales which is the youth branch of the organisation.

Due to the ever increasing numbers of our compatriots in the UK (some of whom are in dire financial state) there is a growing consensus that some structures should be created in order to organise and represent the Greek Community in the UK so that the people will be supported especially due to the upcoming Brexit.

In this context he organised with the Pontian Society UK the two successful protests for the name of Macedonia in front of the British Parliament in Westminster which inspired Greek communities in other countries who followed suit.  These peaceful and unifying protests with families and children were supported from the Greek Community and were broadcasted live in Greece through major TV networks (ΣΚΑΙ, ΑΝΤ1, Έψιλον) along as online media like Geopolitics & Daily News and others. They were also supported from all the community media in the UK – Eleftheria, London Greek Radio (LGR), Hellenic TV and Parikiaki, who covered the events with articles, videos and interviews.

Furthermore, he writes articles and campaigns for the enforcement of the constitutionally enshrined right to vote in the National Elections for the Greek Citizens who live abroad in the Embassies and Consular authorities of their country of residence.

Due to his legal specialisation on Article 50 and how a Member State can withdraw from the EU, he is the author of articles for well-established organisations such as the independent think tank Gorwel (the Welsh Foundation for Innovation in Public Affairs).  Due to his community, pro-European and other positions he is a frequent public speaker and he is often invited to speak and give interviews on well-respected newspapers such as The Times, Kathimerini, The Guardian as well as on the radio and on TV.

Despite the distance he often attends and represents the Greek community of Cardiff and South Wales in various social and cultural functions and events of Greek organisations and associations that are being held in London. He is the Public Relations Officer of the Peloponnesian Association of GB and is a member of the Pontian Society UK.  Moreover, he sits on the board of the executive council of the lawyers association Rights Liberties Justice and is a member of the Lloyd George Society.

 


You can get in touch with Michalis using the email address below:

m-arapis@neademokratia.com