15 Facts About Dimitris Avramopoulos


Dimitris Avramopoulos is a Greek politician of the conservative New Democracy party, and former career diplomat.


Dimitris Avramopoulos served as EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship in the Juncker Commission between 2014 and 2019.


Dimitris Avramopoulos served his 26 months military service from 1978 to 1980 in the Hellenic Air Force.


Dimitris Avramopoulos is married to Vivian, with whom he has two sons, Filippos and Iasonas.


In 1980, Dimitris Avramopoulos joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, where he worked until 1993.


In 1993, Dimitris Avramopoulos resigned from Greek diplomatic service to enter parliamentary politics as a member of New Democracy and was elected a member of its Central Committee.


When in 2004 New Democracy won the parliamentary elections, Dimitris Avramopoulos was appointed Minister of Tourism, serving until 2006, and afterwards, from 2006 until 2009, as Minister of Health and Social Solidarity.


At the 6 May 2012 election, Dimitris Avramopoulos was returned as Deputy for Athens A, being re-elected in the 17 June 2012 general election.


Dimitris Avramopoulos said that "the European Union remains committed to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian state".


Dimitris Avramopoulos is deemed one of the main proponents of Greek-Turkish rapprochement.


Dimitris Avramopoulos read Public Law and Political Science at Athens University Law School, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.


Dimitris Avramopoulos then undertook postgraduate studies receiving a Master's degree in European Studies at the Institute of European Affairs, Universite libre de Bruxelles.


Dimitris Avramopoulos has been conferred honorary doctorates by Adelphi University, Deree College, Drexel University and Kingston University, and has been elected Honorary Professor of Peking University and of the European College of Parma.


Dimitris Avramopoulos has received numerous honors from European States as well as many countries around the world for his diplomatic, public and charitable service:.


Dimitris Avramopoulos has been honoured with the Honorary Freedom of 40 Greek and foreign cities.