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Theodoros Pangalos was born in Eleusis on August 17, 1938.
He studied Law at the University of Athens and also Finance & Economics (Dr. of Economic Sciences) at the University of Paris I (Pantheon Sorbonne)
From 1969 until 1978 he worked at Sorbonne as a Commissioned Professor and Researcher in economic development and regional planning. He was also the Director of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Sorbonne. In 1981 he was elected for the first time MP for PASOK, an office which he held until 2012.
He was the Deputy Minister of Commerce (1982), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Community Affairs (1984), and Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs (1985-1989). In October 1993, he was sworn again Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs. In July 1994 he was appointed Minister for Transportation and Communications. In January 1996 he was sworn Minister of Foreign Affairs, exercising his duties until February 1999. In April 2000 he was nominated Minister for Culture.
In June 2003, he was appointed member of the Council of Foreign Policy. In November 2004 he was appointed PASOK electoral campaign coordinator. From 1980 to 2012 he was member of the PASOK executive committee.
Since the 2009 elections until 2012 he was appointed as the Vice President of the Hellenic Government (Deputy Prime Minister).
He is the author of numerous articles and several books among which distinguish the following: “Globalization and the Left” (2001), “Ephemeral Prophets – Deadlock of neoliberalism and social movements in the era of globalization” (2005), Europe at a crossroad” (2005), “Greece in the European Community” (1988), “We spent that money all together” (2012), “Intervention in Policy” (2014).
Theodoros Pangalos has handled a significant number of internal and foreign issues of the Hellenic Republic. The major topics he has worked on as a member of the Parliament or Government are:
· Insurance Market Streamlining (1982)
· Eurozone structuring
· Commercial Union with Turkey, Norway and Russia
· General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
· Negotiation for the accession of Greece to the European Monetary Union
· Accession of Cyprus to the European Union
· Hellenic Presidency of the European Council (1988 & 1994)
· Formation of the financial supporting mechanism of the European Union (2011)
Among his interests are European Union issues, energy, environment and resources, electronic governance and open data, geopolitical topics, international economics and globalization, public debt crisis management, euro zone crisis, European diplomacy, Europe and Asia commercial relations and others.
Today Theodoros Pangalos works as an expert and visiting professor giving lectures at Universities and deals with entrepreneurship and the private sector.
He is married and father of five children.