Σπύρος Παππάς

Δικηγορικός Σύλλογος
Δικαίωμα Παράστασης
παρ' Αρείω Πάγω



 (2005 - Present)






























Managing Partner in Pappas & Associates sprl sc

Stevin 49-51, B-1000, Brussels, pappaslaw.eu

Legal advice and litigation; administrative and constitutional law, EU policies, fundamental rights, competition, internal market, staff policy


Attorney at Law; member of the Athens Bar since 1976 and of the Brussels Bar since 2004


Director General in the Commission (1995-1997: DG XXVI-Consumer Policy; 1997-1999: DG X-Information, Communication, Culture and Audio-visual Policy; 1999-2000: DG Education and Culture; 2001:  Advisor “Hors Classe” (A1) in the field of quality control and performance management  


European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht: 1988-Associate Professor; 1989: Director of Faculty; 1990-1995: Director General; 1992: Professor of European Law


(First) Secretary-General of the National Centre of Public Administration; setting-up of the National School of Public Administration and the Institute of Permanent Training 


1981: Special adviser for checking the legality of administrative acts publishable in the Official Journal in the legal office of the Prime Minister; setting up and putting into function the service for the checking of the legality; 1982-1985: Member of the Central Commission for the Drafting of Laws 1984: Member of the Supreme Council of the Church of Greece representing the Council of State


Supreme Administrative Court (Council of State); 1978: “Auditeur au Conseil d’Etat”; 1983: 'Maître des Requêtes'



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Certificate in The U.S. Governmental System

The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.


Advanced Management Programme                                                                                       



Degree in Political Sciences                                                                                                               

University of Athens


Degree in Political Sciences                                                                                                              

University of Athens


Certificate in Community Law

Directorate for European Affairs of the Ministry for Coordination


Post-Graduate Degree (D.E.A.) in Public Administration and Public Law

University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne 


Post-Graduate Diploma in Administrative Law

Panteios School of Economic and Political Sciences


Cours de Civilisation Francaise

University of Sorbonne         


Degree in Law 

University of Athens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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Organisational / managerial skills

▪  In charge of trainees at the Conseil d’État in 1983-1988

▪  Constitution of the Legal Office of the PM for the check of legality of governmental acts (1981)

▪  Setting up of the National Centre of Public Administration and running it for the first two national concours in 1985-1986 (150 people) in parallel with the judicial functions

▪  Reorganisation and leading of the European Institute of Public Administration (E|IPA|) in 1989 (200 people)

▪ 1991: President of the “East-West Academy, IOWA”, (Bonn)

▪  Setting up of the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers in Luxembourg in 1992 (30 people) under EIPA

▪  Contribution to the creation of the European Institute in Łodz, Poland, in 1993 (50 people)

▪  Setting up of the European Centre for Regions in Barcelona in 1995 (30 people) under EIPA

▪  Setting up of the Directorate General for Consumer Policy at the European Commission (DG XXIV) in 1996 (160 people)

▪  Initiation of the creation of DG SANTE in 1997 (700 people)

▪  Reorganisation of DG X (Communication, Information, Culture and Audiovisual Policy) in 1997 (3.000 people)

▪  Setting up of DG EDUC in 1999 (4.000 people)

▪  Setting up of the Law Firm Pappas and Associates in 2005 (10 people)

▪  President of the « Centre de Culture européenne » (Bruxelles) from 2008-2014

▪  Founding President of the Center of Social Responsibility in the Digital Age (SRDA) as from 2011

▪  President of the Brussels Hellenic Network as from 2015 (700 people) 

Reference of mandates/legal disputes (hundreds of cases dealt with either in the capacity of Judge or Manager or Lawyer) 

Have dealt with all possible staff situations provided for in the Staff Regulations (SR); most of them have been resolved at the administration level; it follows a non-exhaustive reference of civil service cases dealt with in a capacity of Lawyer that resulted in the Civil Service Tribunal of the EU or the General   Court of the EU or the Court of Justice of the EU:

  • T-310/02 (recruitment-art. 29 SR); F-100/05 (pension rights prior to entry into service-transfer to the Community scheme); T-471/04 (Temporary staff-termination of contract-legitimate expectations); (F-71/07 (failure to comply with Judgment of the First Instance Court-amicable settlement); F-128/07 (recruitment-head of representation-non applicability of secondment in the interest of service); F-129/07; F-143/07; T-43/07 P (open competition-composition of selection board-equal treatment); T-164/09 (access to documents-Regulation 1049/2001 and Regulation 45/2001); F-24/10 (expatriation and installation allowances ; F-110/10 (rotation); F-87/11 (non-renewal of a fixed term contract); F-124/11 (career development report-non-renewal of fixed term contract-rights of defence); F-5/12 (probation period-change of objectives); F-10/12 (daily allowance); F-26/12 (access to documents-rule of correspondence-consultation of the Staff Committee); F-137/12 (promotion-certification procedure); F-138/12; F-139/12; F-117/13 (renewal procedure-right to be heard); F-120/13 (reduction of staff and abolition of posts-compliance with essential formalities); F-34/14 (non-renewal of contract-illegality of GIP-damages); T-653/13 (appraisal-annual dialogue with evaluator-fixation of objectives); F-69/14 (evaluation report-amicable settlement); T-787/14 P (Rule of Law-derogation from rule of correspondence); T-512/16 (refusal of teleworking); T-515/16 (expatriation and travel allowances v. GIP); T-520/16 (professional sickness); T-554/16 (professional sickness); T-601/16 (promotion exercise-art. 44-45 SR); T-734/16 (pension-taking into account periods of service completed as a member of auxiliary staff); T-903/16 (protection of personal data-continuous right to access); T-590/18 (disciplinary proceedings-OLAF); T-591/18 (suspension); T-603/18 (suspension); T-249/19 (meaning of habitual residence-allowances)

Non-exhaustive list of other cases dealt with in a capacity of Lawyer that reached the Court of Justice of the EU:

  • T-94/05 (State aid); T-94/05 RENV (State aid); T-94/05 RENV II (State aid); C-521/06 P (State aid-concept of act open to challenge); T-384/08 (State aid-private investor test); C-362/09 P (State aid-lawfulness of the withdrawal of the decision to take no further action); Τ-59/11 (arbitration clause-6thframework research programme-final balance); T-380/11 (Common Customs Tariff); T-422/11 (Public service contracts-abnormally low tender); T—447/11 (OLAF investigation-access to documents); T-545/11 RENV (Regulation 1049/2001-protection of commercial interests); T-96/12 (Consumer protection-Health claims on foods); T-199/12 (Award criteria); T-403/12 (Tender procedure); C-673/13 P (access to documents-Aarhus convention); T-73/13 (access to documents); T-351/15 (public procurement proceedings); T-87/16 (7th Research Programme-legitimate expectations-contractual responsibility); T-868/16 (European Financial Stability Facility and Public Sector Investment); T-574/18 (renewal of approval of active substance); T-757/18 (state aid); T-568/19 (health-recognition of a non decontaminating processing aid-Comitology) 




Petty officer in the Navy


- Member of the Commission of Information on National Affairs, (Athens)

- Member of the Greek Institute for Administrative Studies

- Founder Member of the Association of the Judges of the Hellenic Council of State

- Member of the Institute of Public Administration, (Athens)

- Member of the Committee for the Drafting of the Encyclopedia of Administration, (Athens)

- Ex-Chairman (1993-1995) of the 'Vorstand' of the International East-West-Academy (IOWA-Bonn)

- Member (1993-1997) of CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) International Advisory Council (Brussels)

- Member (1992) of the Scientific Council of the 'Academia Istropolitana, (Institute of Advanced Studies,(Bratislava)

- Associate Member (1990-1995) of MEDEL (Association des Magistrats européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés,Düsseldorf)

- Chartered Member and ex-President (1993-1995) of the Lions Club International:Maastricht Mondial

-  Member (1992) of the Foundation for Hellenic Culture 

-  Substitute Board Member (1995-1997) of the Open University, (Athens)

- Member (1993-2001) of the Scientific Council of the Centre of International and European Economic Law (Thessaloniki)

- Member (1997-1999) (representing the EC) of the European Institute for the Media (Düsseldorf)

- Vice-president (2001-2005) of the Committee for the Celebration of the Treaties of Rome-COCEROM, Brussels

- Founder member of the Cycladic Academy for Europe (Tinos)

- Member (2000-2006) of the Management Board of the European Center of Public Affairs and Associate   Fellow, University of Surrey, England    

- Member of the Chamber of the Environmental Law (Athens) 

- Member of the Chamber of the Administration (Athens)

- Member (2002-2009) of the Advisory Board of PEGI (Brussels)

- Member of the PEGI Complaints Board 

- Chairman of the PEGI Enforcement Committee 

- Member (2002-2004) of the Competition and Institutional Committees of AMCHAM (Brussels)

- General Delegate of the International Academy of Gastronomy

- Board member of EURONEM (Athens)

- Vice-president of the Centre of European Culture (Brussels)

- Member of AIACE

- Member of the Athens Bar Association 

- Member of the Brussels Bar Association                                          

Active participation and/or project leadership in hundreds of training, research or academic activities

Books and numerous articles in the field of Administrative, Constitutional and Union law, among others:


1976 : La Constitution de la Grèce de 1975, éd. Fondation de Droit Administratif, Athens, p. 110 

1977 : Le régime de Planification en Grèce, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 

1979 : 'Procédure du Retrait des Actes Administratifs en Droit hellénique', in 'Sur la Forme et la Procédure de l'Acte administratif', in: Economica, Paris 

1980 : 'La Présomption de légalité', in Réforme Administrative, No. 3, p. 50, Athens 

1980-1981: 'Présentation des Hautes Juridictions étrangères et de leurs Arrêts', in cooperation with Prof. Pr. Pavlopoulos, in: Le Journal de la Constitution, Athens 

1981-1984 : 'Revue de la Jurisprudence Administrative', in Revue de Droit Public, Athens   

1981 : 'La Liberté de la Presse', in Reforme Administrative, No. 6 and 7, Athens 

1982 : 'La Distinction entre les Décrets réglementaires et les Décrets individuels', in Réforme Administrative, No. 11, Athens 

1984 : 'La Suspension des Fonctionnaires' in Réforme Administrative, No. 17, Athens 

1985 : 'Le Domaine Public' (p. 100), published in « L'Interprétation du Code Civil » of Professors S. Georgiades and M. Stathopoulos 

1985 - 1994) : 'Riforma delle autonomie in Europa', annual contribution on Greece in: Annuario 1992 delle Autonomie Locali, Edizioni delle Autonomie 

1987 : 'La Protection du Principe de la Confiance Justifiée', in Encyclopédie de l'Administration, No.1,Athens                           

1988 : « Définition des Politiques Publiques », in: Revista dos Quadros Tecnicos do Estado, Nov. and Dec. 1988, Lisbon 

1989: 'Conflicts arising from Plan-Contracts' and 'Jurisdiction of Administration Courts', published in Greece in: Justice 1989, p. 103, Athens

1989: 'La Protection de l'Individu par l'Élaboration des informations Personnelles', in L'Informatique administrative et l'Europe 

1990 : 'Fonction Publique et Politique en Grèce', in Revue Française d'Administration Publique, No. 50, Paris 

1990: 'The Public Administration of the Member States of the EC confronted to 1992', in Revue hellénique de Droit Européen, 1990, p. 325-329, Thessaloniki

1990 : Le Tribunal de Première Instance, (ed.) European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht 

1991: 'Human, Political and Social Rights', in The Greek State, 1991, ed. Mathioudakis-Andronopoulos, p. 29-50, Athens 

1991 : 'Public Administration vis-à-vis Entrepreneurship', in ELKEPA, Athens 

1991: 'The Legal Basis for Action to be Taken by the European Community in the Field of Environment' (with reference to Articles 100a and 130s of the EEC Treaty) in Subsidiarity: The Challenge of Change, European Institute of Public Administration Maastricht, p. 119-125

1992 : 'De la Gestion Publique Communautaire', in Les Etats Modernes à la Recherche d'une Nouvelle Efficacité, Londez Conseil, Paris. Also published in Belgium, Portugal and Finland

1992: 'The Court of Justice of the European Communities and European Integration', in Schriftenreihe:Verwaltungswissenschaftliche Studien, Verwaltungsakademie des Bundes, Vienna

1992 : 'La bureaucratie bruxelloise, mosaïque composite', in L'Etat de l'Europe, Editions La Découverte, Paris 

1993: 'Towards a European Public Service', in Administration, Vol. 41, No. 2, p. 120-127

1993 : 'Formation des juristes et des administrateurs en droit communautaire au niveau européen', in the series 'Question à ... ' of the Courrier juridique des Finances, Paris and in: Cahiers de la Fonction Publique et del'Administration de l'Etat à la Commune, No. 113, May 1993, Editions Berger-Levrault 

1993 : ‘Tendances actuelles et évolution de la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice des Communautés européennes: suivi annuel’, Volume 1 (ed.), European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht 

1994 : ‘Procédures Administratives Nationales: Préparation et mise en oeuvre des décisions communautaires: Etudes comparatives’, (ed.), European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht 

1994 : 'La formation des magistrats en droit communautaire', working paper, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht 

1994 : 'L'action administrative coordonnée et la répartition des compétences entre les administrations nationales et communautaire selon le principe de subsidiarité', in: ELKEPA, p. 27 

1994: ‘Procedural Aspects of EC Competition Law' (co-ed.), in cooperation with Lord Slynn, European Institute of Public Administration', Maastricht and the UK Association of European Law, London

1994 : 'De la anarquia a la ordenacion del territorio en Grecia bajo el impulso comunitario', in: Monografias de la Revista Aragonesa de Administración Pública 

1995: ‘The Changing Role of Parliaments in the European Union’, co-ed with F. Laursen, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht

1995 : ‘Tendances actuelles et évolution de la jurisprudence de la Cour de Justice des Communautés européennes’, suivi annuel, Volume II, ed., European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht 

1995 :‘Desde la mera disciplina hasta una verdadera deontologia,Documentación Administrativa’, INAP,501-515 

1995: ‘A legal Escape to a Political Impasse:Agenda IGC 1996’, EIPASCOPE 1995/3

1996: ‘The European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy: the Challenges of Future’, European Institute of Public Administration. (co-edited with S. Vanhoonacker);

1996 :‘Politiques publiques dans l’Union européenne in Integracion Eurolatinoamericana,Editiones Ciudad   Argentina, p.237-248 ;

1996:  Speeches and Articles on Consummer Policy

1997:  The activities of the EU and sport , in Auswirkungen der EU-Politiken auf den Sport, DSB

1998 : ‘Informar a los Cindadanos de la UE:Un Reto y una necesidad in DirCom Anuario de Comunicacion, Madrid;

1998Überlegungen der Europäischen Kommission zur Rolle der audiovisuellen Regulierungsbehörden’, in Audiovisuelle Medien und Behörden,Wien   

1999: ‘Digital television and EU audiovisual policy’, in Unlocking the power of digital television, DigiTag        

1999: „Brüssel und die europäische Identität“ in Europäische Beschichtskultur im 21.Jahrhundert,ed.Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland,Nicolai;    

1997-2000: Speeches and Articles on Audiovisual Policy, Culture and European Integration, Environment, Information and Communication Policy and Sport

2000: Europe will find itself at the crossroads to integration in Nice, in New Europe, 03.12.2000

2001: Articles on “The new European Governance” in the European weekly “The New Europe” and in   the Greek newspaper “Ependitis,  “The Euro-Digital Democracy” in “Eleftherotipia”,  “After Nice: more intergovernmental or more federal” in “Industrial Review”, “The paradoxes of the European Community” and “The cultural dimension of Euro” in “Ependitis” etc.

2001: “Culture and Audiovisual” (Published in a shortened version in “Unity in Diversity”, EQP) 

2001: “Olympic Games and the protection of the civil cultural heritage”, in Olympic Games and the Environment, ed. Sakkoula

2001: “The alteration of the right of initiative of the European Commission”, in Futurum (site of the European Convention) and in “Problèmes d’ interpretation” in the memory of Judge  K. Kakouris, ed. Bruylant, 2004

2003: “A new era of  Competition under the Guidance of the Court of First Instance”, in Competition Policy in Europe, ed. Springer

2003: Article 10, in Commentary article by article of the Treaty of the European Union and of the Treaty establishing the European Community, ed. Sakkoulas Publishers

2004: Articles 149-153, 249-256 in Commentary, see above

2004: “The competence of the European Commission to issue regulatory “executive” decisions”, in the Volume for the 75th anniversary of the Conseil d’Etat

2005: “Morale and change in the European Union”, in “Everything flows”, Landmarks in association with ECPA, 2005, Brussels

2005: “Competitiveness and Data protection”, in the Collective Volume in the honor of Prof. A. Georgiades, ed. A. Sakkoulas, Athens 2005. 

2005: “Pro-action vs Reaction within the EU”, http://pappaslaw.eu/wp-content/uploads/PDF/pro_rea.pdf

2006: “When Competition Law is a Commercial Tool”, in New Europe, June 18-24, 2006 Issue Number 682 

2006: “The Roaming and Content battles: is it all to the consumers’ benefit”?, in EU Reporter, 10-19 October 2006

2006: “Time for a smokeless society”?, in New Europe, (22.10.2006) 

2006: “The Lisbon Strategy and its implementation”, http://pappaslaw.eu/wp-content/uploads/PDF/policy_stat.pdf

2006: “Bringing the European Union Closer to Its Citizens: The Role of the “European Public Service” and of EIPA”, http://pappaslaw.eu/wp-content/uploads/PDF/Scop06_2e_16.pdf 

2007: “The status and future of indefinite contracts within the EU”, http://pappaslaw.eu/wp-content/uploads/PDF/stat_futur.pdf  

2007: “Do excise duties on tobacco promote a “smoke-free Europe”? in Europolitics No 3292, 23.4.2007. 

2007: “There’s a spy on your desktop”, in European Voice, 8-14 November 2007

2007: “Is European audiovisual policy a driver to European identity or a carrier to further globalization”?, http://pappaslaw.eu/wp-content/uploads/PDF/audiovis.pdf

2007: “Implementation of competition rules in mergers and protection of personal data”, Evropaion Politeia 3/2007

2007: “Human health or internal market? A fine balancing act”, in EU Reporter, November 2007-January 2008 

2008: “A law with unintended consequences”, in European Voice, 4.12.2008

2008: « Google’s privacy practices continue to fall short of EU standards », Europolitics, 09.10.2008 ;
« Google continue de ne pas respecter la loi européenne », Europolitique, 09.10.2008

2008: « Unlike lobbyists, lawyers are part of the judicial system », Europolitics, 18.9.2008 ; 
« Les avocats font partie du système judiciaire », Europolitique, 18.9.2008

2008: « Google deal tests e-frontiers », in European Voice, 28.8.2008 

2008: « The Fate of Yahoo also concerns Europeans », in Europolitcs, 16.4.2008, 3511, p. 15 ; « Le sort de Yahoo concerne aussi les Européens », Europolitique, 16.4.2008, 3511, p.15 

2009: “Second look at Oracle-Sun takeover is warranted”, in European Voice's weekly e-Alert, 28.09.2009 

2009: “If only democracy and rule of law still meant something” / “Si démocratie et Etat de Droit signifient encore quelque chose”, Europolitics No 3767, p. 28, 8.6.2009 

2009: “Is Microsoft ruling an example of European protectionism”? , European Voice, 29.1.2009 

2010: « Greek crisis : Degeneration or regeneration of European integration « ? / « La crise grecque : dégénérescence ou régénération de l’intégration européenne » ? Europolitique No 3937, 12.03.2010

2010: « Google and privacy: The hard drive that broke the camel’s back », in Europolitics 3986, / « Google et vie privée: le disque dur qui fait déborder le vase », Europolitique No 3986, 28.05.2010

2011: 05.05.2011: “Case law of the European Civil Service Tribunal: Restarting or Continuation” ?, in “The European Union Civil Service Tribunal (CST) 2005-2010, Proceedings of the Colloquim organised on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the CST”, Luxembourg, 1 October 2010, Human Rights Law Journal-HRLJ, Vol. 31 No.1, N.P. Engel Publisher

2012: « Google and the credibility of EU data protection laws », in Europolitics / « Google et la crédibilité de la législation européenne en matière de protection des données »,  Europolitique, 02.06.2012

2012: “Towards EU State aid Modernisation: what role do Member States and the market play in State aid cases”? Contribution to a Workshop organized by the European Parliament: 


2015: « Tobacco taxation: « Those member states that do not apply the law » / « Fiscalité du tabac : ces États qui n’appliquent pas le droit; La Commission laisse faire », Europolitique, 26.03.2015

2015: “EU needs leadership”, Europolitics, 30.06.2015

2016: “Sine qua non for the development of a responsible, independent and stable Public Administration”, 

http://www.anoixtoparathyro.gr/sine-qua-non-της-ανάπτυξης-μια-υπεύθυνη-ανεξάρτ/ 06.06.2016

2019: “The lame democracy and  the usurpation of people’s power”,  Liberal, 14.08.2019

2020: “From sovereignty to subsidiarity: Is there anything left  to the Member States”? (on its way to be published in Commemorative Volume).

2020: “Unaccompanied refugee children: another missed opportunity”, Liberal, 07.04.2020

2020: “From the garden of collegiality to the Iron Tower and from the Union Law primacy to the judicial nationalism”?, EurActiv

2021: From sovereignty to subsidiarity: Is there anything left to the Member States?

2022: De la démocratie et de l'État de droit en l'Union européenne en XXIème siècle



1970-1973: Honorary title of State Scholar;

1976: First Prize of the Foundation for Administrative Law 'Michel Stassinopoulos';

1977: Scholar of the Council of Europe;

1994: Officer in the Order of Merit of the Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the diffusion of Community law in the Member States and the creation of the European Centre of Judges and Lawyers in 1992; 

1998: “Medal of Honor” from the European Institut (Lodz) for the contribution to Poland’s integration process into the EU; 

2000: Honorary Fellow of the European College of Sport Science (Universities of Cologne and Jyväskyla; 

2000: Honorary Member of the Association of European Journalists (The Hague)

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