Director European Government Affairs @ Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe
Nikos Mertzanidis is the Director for European Government Affairs of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe, having joined the organisation in 2016. He is responsible for the safe and responsible resumption of cruise activities in Europe while leading the organisation’s engagement on a number of other issues, inter alia, tourism, taxation, public health and labour/social affairs. Born and raised in Greece, he studied political science and international relations at the University of Macedonia in Greece. After concluding a Masters’ programme in international politics at the University of Aberystwyth in the UK, he moved to Brussels in 2010 working for the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and later on as an EU Affairs Manager for Imperial Brands Ltd.