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Evangelos Venizelos, president of PASOK, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Evangelos Venizelos was born in Thessaloniki in 1957. In 1980 he was married to lawyer Lila Bakatselou, with whom he has a daughter, Elvina.
In September 1974, immediately following the restoration of democracy in Greece, he was admitted to the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he became involved in the student movement, as a member of the Central Council of the Student Union of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1977) and the National Council of Student Unions (1975).
He graduated from the University of Thessaloniki Law School in 1978 and continued with postgraduate studies at the University of Paris II. In 1980 he was proclaimed Doctor of Law at the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he was elected lecturer, in 1984, and, later, professor of Constitutional Law. Concurrently, he served as lawyer to the State Council and the Supreme Court.
In the course of his academic career, Mr. Venizelos published many academic studies, monographs, commentaries on judicial decisions, and textbooks. He has also authored books on various political issues, including the role of mass media in modern democracies; European integration; Greek foreign policy; cultural policy; and development policies. A list of his publications (studies, books, etc.) is available on his personal website, www.evenizelos.gr.
Positions he has served in include member of the BoD of the National Bank of Greece, member of the BoD of the National Center for Public Administration, and member of the Committee for Local Radio Stations (independent authority for the regulation of radio broadcast stations).
In the general elections of 1993 he was elected for the first time as MP of the Socialist Party (PASOK) for Thessaloniki's Constituency A, an office he kept in all following elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012/May, 2012/June).
As an MP he was the general Rapporteur for the 2001 revision of the Hellenic Constitution (1995-2001).
Since 1993 he has served in numerous ministerial positions:
Minister for Press and Mass Media/Government Spokesman (1993-1995); Minister for Transport and Communications (1995-1996); 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, in charge of coordinating the entire range of aspects of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games preparations, including infrastructure and relations with the International Olympic Committee (2000-2004); Minister for National Defence (2009-2011); Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister (2011-2012).
Evangelos Venizelos has served as a member of the Central Committee of PASOK and member of the PASOK Executive Office.
On 18 March 2012 he was elected President of PASOK.
Evangelos Venizelos was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs on 25 June 2013, in the national emergency government formed in June 2012.
He speaks English and French.