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Evangelos Venizelos

Evangelos Venizelos

Evangelos Venizelos was born on 1 January 1957 in Thessaloniki. He studied Law in Thessaloniki and continued with postgraduate studies at the University of Paris II, France. He is Professor of Constitutional Law at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 

He was a member of the Central Council of Students Union in his hometown (1977) and the National Council of Students’ Unions (1975). He was elected Member of Parliament (PASOK) in Thessaloniki in the general elections of 1993, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2009. He was a member of the Constitutional Revision Committee and the general “rapporteur” on behalf of the parliamentary majority in the last Constitutional Revision of the year 2001.

He has been member of the Central Committee of PASOK since 1990. He has served in several ministerial positions: Minister for Press and Mass Media- Government Spokesman (1993-95), Minister for Transport and Communications (1995-96), Minister for Justice (1996), Minister for Culture & Sports (1996 – 1999), Minister for Development, Energy, Industry, Trade, Tourism and Technology (1999-2000), Minister for Culture & Sports 2000-2004 (in charge of coordinating the Athens 2004 Olympic Games preparation), Minister for National Defence (2009-2011), Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister (June 2011 - March 2012).

In 18 March 2012 he was elected President of PASOK and subsequently resigned from the government in order to head the party.

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