Andreas Loverdos

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Andreas Loverdos
Ανδρέας Λοβέρδος
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Minister of Education and Research
In office
10 June 2014 – 27 January 2015
Prime MinisterAntonis Samaras
Preceded byKonstantinos Arvanitopoulos
Succeeded byAristides Baltas (Culture, Education and Religious Affairs)
Minister of Health and Social Solidarity
In office
7 September 2010 – 17 May 2012
Prime MinisterGeorge Papandreou
Lucas Papademos
Preceded byMariliza Xenogiannakopoulou
Succeeded byChristos Kittas
Minister of Labour and Social Security
In office
7 October 2009 – 7 September 2010
Prime MinisterGeorge Papandreou
Preceded byFani Palli-Petralia (Employment and Social Protection)
Succeeded byLouka Katseli
Personal details
Born (1956-05-15) 15 May 1956 (age 66)
Patras, Greece
Political partyPanhellenic Socialist Movement (Before 2012; 2014–present)
Radical Movement of Social Democratic Alliance (2012–2013)
Agreement for the New Greece (2013–2014)
Other political
Olive Tree (2014–2015)
SpousePenelope Papaioannou
Alma materUniversity of Thessaloniki
Free University of Brussels, French
WebsiteOfficial website

Andreas Loverdos (Greek: Ανδρέας Λοβέρδος [anˈðreaz loˈverðos]; born 15 May 1956) is a Greek politician who was Minister for Education and Religious Affairs from 2014 to 2015.

Early life[edit]

Loverdos was born in Patras. He graduated from the law school of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1978. From 1978 until 1980, he fulfilled his obligatory military service in the Hellenic Air Force. In 1982, he completed postgraduate studies in European law at the Université libre de Bruxelles. During his studies, he served as vice-president of the Thessaloniki law students' union as well as president of the Greek students' association of Belgium.

In 1986, Andreas Loverdos completed his PhD at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with the thesis Terrorism and Political Crime: Study from the Perspective of Law. In 1991, he undertook research at the London School of Economics on the function of government and in 1996 he researched the function of democratic constitutions at Boston University.

Academic career[edit]

Andreas Loverdos was Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Panteion University until 1986, when he was appointed Lecturer for the Department of Postgraduate Studies, a post he held until 1992. From 1992 until 1995, Andreas Loverdos worked as a full Professor of Constitutional Law.

He is an author of numerous articles in legal research journals.

Political career[edit]

A leading cadre of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, Loverdos was first elected to the Hellenic Parliament in the 2000 legislative election.[1] From 23 January 2002 until 10 March 2004 he served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.[1]

In October 2009, Loverdos was appointed Minister for Labour and Social Security.[2] In September 2010, he was appointed Minister for Health and Social Solidarity.[2] In this capacity, he launched a harsh reform of the pension system during Greece’s first bailout programme.[3] He held this post until 17 May 2012, when the coalition government of Lucas Papademos was replaced by the caretaker government of Panagiotis Pikrammenos.

On 3 December 2012, Loverdos announced the launch of a new political movement, the Radical Movement of Social Democratic Alliance (RIKSSY), and was subsequently expelled from the PASOK parliamentary group. A new political party, the Agreement for the New Greece, was formed by Loverdos and other members of RIKSSY on 15 April 2013. Loverdos returned to the government as Minister for Education and Religious Affairs on 10 June 2014,[4] and to the PASOK parliamentary group on 22 August 2014.[5] In this role, he was given a brief to complete an overhaul of university administration and dismiss thousands of “perpetual students” who failed to meet the 10-year deadline for obtaining a first degree.[6]

In January 2021, Loverdos was removed as the parliamentary leader of Movement for Change.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Andreas Loverdos is married to Penelope Papaioannou and has a daughter and two sons.[8]


  • Προσηλυτισμός [Proselytism], Athens 1986, Ant. Sakkoulas Pub.
  • Για την τρομοκρατία και το πολιτικό έγκλημα [On terrorism and political crime], Athens 1987, Interbooks Pub.
  • Παρεκκλίσεις πολιτικής συμπεριφοράς και Σύνταγμα [Deviations of political behaviour and the Constitution], Athens 1988, Exantas Pub.
  • Κυβέρνηση : συλλογική λειτουργία και πολιτική ευθύνη [Government: collective function and political responsibility], Athens 1991, Ant. Sakkoulas Pub.
  • Η ποινική ευθύνη των μελών της Κυβέρνησης και των υφυπουργών στο κοινοβουλευτικό πολίτευμα [Penal responsibility of cabinet members and deputy ministers in a parliamentary polity], Athens 1995, Ant. Sakkoulas Pub.
  • Μορφές του Δημοκρατικού Πολιτεύματος [Forms of Democracy], Athens 2000, Indiktos Pub.
  • Πολιτική Ιστορία της Ελλάδας, 1828–1975 [Political History of Greece, 1828–1975], Athens 2000, Ant. Sakkoulas Pub.
  • Η ΝΕΑ ΤΡΟΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ με αφορμή την 11η Σεπτεμβρίου [NEW TERRORISM on the occasion of 11 September], Athens 2002, Indiktos Pub.
  • Tο Σύνταγμα της Ελλάδας και η αναθεώρησή του [The Constitution of Greece and its revision], Athens 2006, To Pontiki Pub.


  1. ^ a b "Andreas Loverdos". Athens: Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Curriculum vitae". Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ Kerin Hope (9 June 2014), Greece names Gikas Hardouvelis finance minister Financial Times.
  4. ^ Κυβέρνησις ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΥ Κ. ΣΑΜΑΡΑ (in Greek). Athens: General Secretariat of the Government. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  5. ^ Επέστρεψε στην ΚΟ του ΠΑΣΟΚ ο Ανδρέας Λοβέρδος (in Greek). Piraeus: ΣΚΑΪ. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  6. ^ Kerin Hope (9 June 2014), Greece names Gikas Hardouvelis finance minister Financial Times.
  7. ^ Michalopoulos, Sarantis (13 January 2021). "Tectonic shift in Greece: Greek socialists about to turn left". Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  8. ^ Αναλυτικό βιογραφικό. (in Greek). Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded byas Minister of Employment and Social Protection Minister of Labour and Social Security
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Health and Social Solidarity
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Education and Research
Succeeded byas Minister of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs