Monday, 22 November 2010


In a Press Conference given Monday, November 22, at the MoD in Athens, Minister of Defence, Evangelos Venizelos gave details on NATO’s Lisbon Summit (Nov. 19-20, 2010)

Key-points of Evangelos Venizelos’ opening remarks:

  • NATO’s new Strategic Concept replaces the previous version that had been agreed upon by member-states during the 1999 Washington D.C. Summit.
  • Greece’s objective was the re-affirmation of Article 5 (of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty) in the new document and the confirmation, once again, of the Principle of Consensus in Alliance decisions.
  • NATO is being transformed into a political-military Organization that deals with all kinds of threats and challenges (including terrorism, energy-related issues, immigration, climate change, and most importantly cyber-attacks) and needs a cyber-defence capacity (to be approved on March 2011).
  • Member-states, following the acceptance of the Strategic Concept by the Heads of States and Governments, no longer object to NATO’s nuclear and missile defence capabilities. NATO will continue to be a nuclear Alliance of a defensive nature, entailing however, a strong element of deterrence.
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Evangelos Venizelos was born in Thessaloniki on 1.1.1957. He is married to Lila Bakatselou and has a daughter, Elvina .He speaks English and French.

Academic career

He studied Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and continued with postgraduate studies at the University of Paris II, France and PhD at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki He holds an Honorary PhD from La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia. 

He is Professor of Constitutional Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

He has published many academic studies and legal textbooks, as well as books dealing with the political issues surrounding the role of mass media in modern democracies, the role of government institutions, European affairs, Greek foreign policy, culture and growth policy in the 21st  Century etc. His studies have been published in most academic journals and his articles in national andinternational press.

Political career

Evangelos Venizelos was member of the Central Council of the Students Union of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1977) and the National Council of Students’ Unions (1975).

He has been elected MP (PASOK) in Thessaloniki (A) Constituency in the general elections of 1993, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2015. He was a member of the Constitutional Αmendment Committee and the general rapporteur on behalf of the parliamentary majority in the Constitutional Amendment of 2001.

Evangelos Venizelos has been member of the Central Committee of PASOK since 1990 and member of PASOK Executive Office.

Since 1993 he has served in ministerial positions under the PASOK governments of Andreas Papandreou, Kostas Simitis and George Papandreou.  In particular, he has served as:

• 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 entire range of aspects of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games preparation (Infrastructures, relations with International Olympic Committee etc.)

• Minister for National Defence (2009-2011)

• Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister (17.06.2011 - 18.03.2012)

In 18.03.2012, he resigned from his government positions as he was elected President of PASOK.

He was President of PASOK from March 2012 to June 2015.

From June 2013 to January 2015 he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister.

He served as Vice Chairperson of the Socialist Group of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2015-2019) and Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights ( 2017-2019 ) 




E. Venizelos & A. Pantelis (eds.),

Esperia Publications, 2005
D. Tsatsos, E. Venizelos & X. Contiades (επιμ.), 

Bruylant & Ant. N. Sakkoulas, 2004
G. Amato, G. Braibant. E. Venizelos (eds.),

Esperia Publications, London, 2002

[Minutes from the Convention for the Revised Constitution of 1975/1986/2001]

D. Th. Tsatsos, Ev. Venizelos & X. Kontiadis

Δ. Θ. Τσάτσος, Ε. Βενιζέλος & Ξ. Κοντιάδης (edit.),

Ant. N. Sakoulas Publications, 2001

by Evangelos Venizelos and Kostas Chryssogonos

Ant. N. Sakoulas Publications, 2006

[The text of the revised Constitution-Introduction-Index] ,

by Evangelos Venizelos

Ant. N. Sakoulas Publications, 2001

[Constitution, laws, international conventions]

by Evangelos Venizelos in collaboration with K. X. Chryssogonos,

Paratiritis Publications, 1993

by Evangelos Venizelos

Polis Publications, 2007