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Deputy Minister Ioannis Amanatidis

The Deputy Foreign MinisterIoannis Amanatidis was born on 2 June 1961, in Kilkis.

He completed his studies in from the Petroleum Chemical Department of T.E.I. Kavalas in 1981 and graduated from the Teachers΄ Training College of Thessaloniki in 1985. Since 1985, he has worked as a teacher in schools in Kalamaria.

Since 1996, he has been a member of the Teachers΄ Association in Kalamaria, a General Secretary of the Primary School Teachers΄ Association in Thessaloniki, a member of the Executive Committee of E.D.O.TH./N.T. A.D.E.D.Y. and a representative at the General Assemblies of E.D.O.TH and A.D.E.D.Y. He has always been present in the movements and initiatives of primary school associations.

He was elected MP for the first time in the national elections of 17 June 2012, on the Syriza ticket, in the 1st Electoral District of Thessaloniki, while in the 25 January 2015 election he garnered the most votes among Syriza candidates in his district.

Until taking up his duties and Deputy Foreign Minister, on 17 June 2015, he chaired the Parliamentary Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad and was a member of Syriza’s EKKEs on Education and Foreign Affairs, a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Educational Affairs, and a member of the Special Permanent Committee on Research and Technology. He was also the Syriza MP competent for Religions.

He holds the position of Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, a global organization aimed at encouraging contacts between parliamentary, political, church, academic and spiritual figures and institutions in order to develop Orthodox cultural heritage and contribute to the global dialogue on human rights and the peaceful coexistence of peoples.

He accompanied Alexis Tsipras on his first visit to Mount Athos, in August 2014, and was appointed Alexis Tsipras’ representative to the November 2014 enthronement feast-day celebrations of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in Istanbul, where he had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis.

Last Updated Wednesday, 23 September 2015