|Odysseas P. PYLALIS
Head of Interantional Economic Relations Directorate
Ministry of Finance
Council Chairperson in 2014
Mr. Odysseas P. Pylalis was born in Kefalonia an Ionian Sea island in Greece. Married with two children makes his home in Athens.
Mr. Pylalis has a Bachelor of Science degree (with high honors) in Business Administration (specialization in Accountancy and Financing) from the Economic University of Athens and a Marine Engineering Degree (with high honors) from the National Merchant Marine Academy at Aspropyrgos, Greece.
Fluent in English, Italian, Greek (read and write), while continuing his studies in Arabic.
In November 2013, after having served for almost 32 years with the Directorate of Customs and Excise of the Ministry of Finance, he was selected as Head of the International Economic Relations Directorate, responsible for coordinating international activities of the Hellenic Tax and Customs Administrations at European and international level, for negotiating, concluding, reconsidering, interpreting and applying international agreements on avoidance of double taxation on income and capital, on mutual assistance on customs matters and certain types of international agreements having tax and customs content.
During his career Mr Pylalis has served important and sensitive sectors of the Customs Administration both in Greece and abroad. More specifically, he served as:
Furthermore, during his carrier he has also attended a lot of seminars and meetings focusing on issues of customs competence both in Greece and abroad (i.e. USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Brazil, Poland, Turkey and other countries). Yet, he had been involved in the training of customs officers as an Instructor on customs issues, while he has written and translated many manuals of customs interest.Finally, during his carrier in Customs he has participated as an expert in numerous meetings on customs issues within the European Union and other international organizations (WCO, Interpol etc).