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

[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