Monday, 13 December 2010


On the economic crisis:

The economic situation is particularly difficult. The country is in a financial vortex, not alone but along with many other European countries. The crisis is not just European and does not concern the euro zone exclusively. It concerns almost all currency zones.

It is, in reality, a political crisis, one that illustrates the weakness of the EU to function as an integrated political entity supporting –by using the necessary institutions and the necessary political initiatives- the great enterprise that is the Euro. It is a contradiction to have advanced financial institutions, a common currency, to have the ECB and not have a strong EU budget, no institutions to oversee the intra-Community commerce, no institutions for the replacement of developmental deficits -as is the case in other parts of the world with federal systems of government.

Tags: Speeches

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Preconditions to exit the crisis

left-red-arrowThese last few days, we are experiencing an upsurge of the international financial crisis. In fact, we stand now where we were two years ago on an international level. We are back in 2008 when this was just a banking crisis, when we had not realized at full extent that it would become a fiscal crisis, a crisis of government debt

From banking to fiscal crisis and back

In this last year, the crisis has indeed become fiscal on a global scale. Suddenly, the Irish tiger turned inwards revealing the frightening extent of the crisis in the world’s -and certainly in Europe’s- banking system. Because we're addicted to Greek macroeconomic and fiscal data, because we’re talking too much about the extent of our budget deficit, because we’re struggling hard to register even one tenth of a percent less in the 2010 deficit, as it will officially be announced by our partners from the European Commission and Eurostat, we’ve come to believe that we might be the only ones with such a high deficit in our budget.

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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