Tuesday, 15 February 2011

“Global Challenges: NATO, the UN and the EU in the New Strategic Reference Framework”

left-red-arrowMessrs. General Consuls, General, Ambassador and Mr. Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus I am glad to see all of you here. Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends, it would be unoriginal to say that within such a fluid and insecure world it is very important to look for certain stable points of reference which allow for a basic and safe prognosis and a strategy that is a working hypothesis that must be put to test in the field, rather than a doctrine.

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January 24, 2011

Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos delivered a speech at the Hellenic Parliament in a special session on foreign policy and national defence. Here follow from his speech:

On Greek Foreign Policy

left-red-arrowThere is a fundamental and uppermost prerequisite for practising foreign policy: Forging and respecting national unity and creating a solid internal front. I don’t just speak about consensus. I'm talking about a commitment of an historical nature. This means that we need to show to Greek society as a whole, a sense of shared responsibility and common fate. It also means that we should not invent and artificially exaggerate what are basically non-existent differences».

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Monday, 20 December 2010

Security and Stability in the 21st century

left-red-arrowAmbassadors, Mr. General Chief of Staff, Mr. Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ladies and gentlemen.

I would like to warmly thank Mrs. Afentouli and Mr. Georgiou for their opening remarks. I also congratulate Mr. Georgiou for his well-organized, persistent and systematic efforts over the years and I hope that the Association will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in 2011 in a befitting way.

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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.

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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. 


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.

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


Most recent publications in English:

  1. The Augmented Constitution, ERPL/REDP, vol. 32, no 3, autumn/automne 2020
  2. The impact of the financial crisis on the constitutions of Eurozone Member States under rescue programs - Greece as a laboratory of constitutional theory, European Review of Public Law, Vol 32, no. 1, spring 2020, pp 295-342
  3. The influence of the 2012 restructuring of the Greek public debt», European Law Review, Issue 2, 2020, pp. 267-277 = European Current Law 2020, Issue 9, 2020, p. 797
  4. Bible and Constitution: Thoughts on the political theology», Rassegna di Teologia, (RdT 61), 2020 pp 115-124
  5. Democratic Legitimacy at National Level and Solidarity between Financially Unequal Member States. Two Structural Problems of European Integration, European Politeia - EPLO Publications, 1-2, 2017, pp. 281-302
  6. Statehood and sovereignty: the difficult equilibrium between European Union and Member States in crisis management- Refugee crisis and Brexit, European Politeia - EPLO Publications, 2016, no. 1, pp 17-39
  7. State Transformation and the European Integration. Project Lessons from the financial crisis and the Greek paradigm, CEPS Special Report, no. 130, (4 Feb 2016)


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. MP from 1993 until 2019. He was the general rapporteur on behalf of the parliamentary majority in the Constitutional Revision of 2001 (1995-2001). He was the Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the implementation of ECtHR decisions (2017-2019). He was the leader of PASOK from March 2012 to June 2015.


Since 1993 he has served as:

  • Minister for Press and Mass Media- Government Spokesperson (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)
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (25.6.2013 – 25.1.2015)

He speaks English and French.

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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