The Hon. Theodoros Pangalos

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Greece

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Biography

The Hon. Theodoros Pangalos is a renowned Greek politician and a leading member of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement. He previously served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Greece from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Pangalos initially studied Economics and Law at the University of Athens, after which he obtained a doctorate degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Paris. His governmental career began in the 1960s when he first became involved in politics as a Parliamentary candidate for the United Demographic Left party in 1964. In 1981, Dr. Pangalos was elected to Parliament as a member of the PASOK party.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Pangalos has held several important governmental posts. He has been elected MP for Attiki ten consecutive times, and during the 1990s served as Under Secretary for Commerce, Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Transport and Communications. His most crucial appointment was as Minister of Affairs in 1996, a role he held until 1999. Dr. Pangalos served as Minister of Culture for a brief period of time before being appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 2009. During his tenure, he consistently emphasized the need to share responsibility in a democracy and defeat tax evasion and corruption.