Georgios Katrougalos

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Georgios Katrougalos
Georgios Katrougalos in 2018.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
15 February 2019
Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipras
Preceded byAlexis Tsipras
Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
5 November 2016 – 15 February 2019
Preceded byNikos Xydakis
Succeeded bySia Anagnostopoulou
Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity
In office
23 September 2015 – 5 November 2016
Preceded byDimitris Moustakas
Succeeded byEfi Achtsioglou
Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity
In office
17 July 2015 – 28 August 2015
Preceded byPanos Skourletis
Succeeded byDimitris Moustakas
Alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction
In office
27 January 2015 – 17 July 2015
Preceded byKyriakos Mitsotakis
Succeeded byCristoforos Vernardakis
Member of the European Parliament for Greece
In office
1 July 2014 – 26 January 2015
Personal details
Born27 March 1963 (1963-03-27) (age 56)
Athens, Greece
Political partySyriza
OccupationLawyer

Georgios Katrougalos (born 27 March 1963) is a Greek jurist and politician who is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs since February 2019. He previously served as an Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs from 5 November 2016 to 15 February 2019, as the Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity from 23 September 2015 to 5 November 2016 and from 18 July 2015 to 28 August 2015. From 27 January 2015 to 17 July 2015 he served as an Alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction in Tsipras's first cabinet

He is currently a professor of public law at the Democritus University of Thrace. From 2014 to January 2015 he was a Member of the European Parliament representing Greece.

Parliamentary service[edit]

  • Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism (2014-2015)
  • Member, Committee on Constitutional Affairs (2014-2015), Co-ordinator of the Group of European Left.
  • Member, Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (2014-2015)

Education[edit]

Giorgos Katrougalos studied Law from 1980 to 1985 at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and continued his research studies (P.h.D) in Administrative and Constitutional Law at Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). In 1990 he was awarded a P.h.D. with “Honors”. His doctoral thesis is entitled « The legitimacy crisis of Public Administration – The case of Greece». He is a member of Athens Bar Association since 1987.

Professional career[edit]

In 1994, and again from 1997 to 2002, Giorgos Katrougalos was legal advisor at the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, lectured and conducted research as visiting Professor at University Roskilde in Denmark and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens Law School). From 1997 he is a member of the Board of the Centre for European Constitutional Law. From 1998 to 2011, he was accredited as mediator and arbitrator at the Greek Organization for Mediation and Arbitration. From 2000 to 2003, he was advisor to the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations (for the works of the 3rd Committee of the UN General Assembly). In 2002, he was appointed Professor of Public Law at Democritus University of Thrace, where he was also President of the Department of Political Sciences and Social Administration. He has been the first President and CEO of Vocational Training S.A (2002-2003), a public organisation of the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and member of the Management Board of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), the EU agency specialized in vocational training policy, as well as Vice-President of the Centre for Educational Research (2011-2012). From 2003 to 2004, he was a member of an experts' committee in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs working on the drafting of the European Constitution. Katrougalos has also worked as advisor for law reforms in Uzbekistan, Albania, North Macedonia, Syria and Armenia. He has lectured at many universities, including Columbia, Humboldt, Tilburg University, the London School of Economics and the National Law School of New Delhi. He has published many books and articles in Greek, English, French, Russian and Spanish periodicals.

Political Activity[edit]

At the European elections of 2014 Katrougalos was elected as a member of the European Parliament with SYRIZA party. At the EU Parliament was a member of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left European Parliamentary Group (GUE/NGL) and the Coordinator of the Group of European Left at the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) When SYRIZA won the elections of January 2015 Katrougalos was appointed Alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reform. From 23 September 2015 to 5 November 2016 and from 18 July 2015 to 28 August 2015 he served as Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity. From 5 November 2016 to 15 February 2019 he served as an Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs and from 15 February 2019 he serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Family[edit]

Katrougalos is married and has two daughters.

Works (selection)[edit]

  • Ανισότητες και Δίκαιο, Alexandria, Athens, 2014.
  • The (Dim) Perspectives of the European Social Citizenship. Jean Monnet Working Paper Nr. 05/07, NYU School of Law, New York 2007.
  • Southern European welfare states. Problems, challenges and prospects. (with G. Lazaridis.) Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • Constitution, Law and Rights in the Welfare State ... and beyond, first edition Forlaget Samfundsokonomi & Plaenlaegning, Roskilde, 1995, second edition A. Sakkoulas, Athens, 1998,
  • The South European Welfare Model. The Greek Welfare State, in Search of an Identity. In: Journal of European Social Policy February, Band 6, Nr. 1, 1996, S. 39-60.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Panos Skourletis
Greek Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity
17 July – 28 August 2015
Succeeded by
Dimitris Moustakas
Preceded by
Dimitris Moustakas
Greek Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity
23 September 2015 – 5 November 2016
Succeeded by
Efi Achtsioglou
Preceded by
Nikos Xydakis
Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs
5 November 2016 – 15 February 2019
Succeeded by
Sia Anagnostopoulou
Preceded by
Alexis Tsipras
Minister of Foreign Affairs
since 15 February 2019
Incumbent