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The Deputy Minister D. Kourkoulas
Dimitris Kourkoulas was born in Athens in1954. He studied at Athens University Law School and continued his postgraduate studies in Administrative and Economic Law at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, in Germany.
Since 1981, he has been on the staff of the European Commission in Brussels. He focused on external relations and the European Union’s enlargement negotiations. From 1987 to 1989 he was seconded to the Greek Foreign Ministry, dealing there with EEC-Cypriot and EEC-Turkish relations. From 1989 to 1992 he was a member of Greek Commissioner Vaso Papandreou’s personal cabinet, responsible for external relations and relations with the European Parliament. From 1992 to 1997 he headed the European Commission’s department for political relations with the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.
In 1997 he was appointed Ambassador – Head of the European Commission Representation in Lebanon, as the first European Commission Ambassador following the war. In 2001 he was appointed Ambassador – Head of the European Commission Representation to Bulgaria. His term in Sofia saw the completion of Bulgaria’s accession negotiations with the European Union. During the same period, he was responsible for implementation of the European funding programmes for Bulgaria, in the amount of €300 million annually. In 2006 he was appointed Ambassador – Head of the European Commission Representation to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the third largest EC Representation in the world. In this capacity he was a member of the Peace Implementation Council of the organ for the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2010 he returned to Brussels as the Director responsible for the European Union’s enlargement strategy and policy for the countries of the Western Balkans, Turkey and Iceland.
Dimitris Kourkoulas speaks English, French and German.