Anna Diamantopoulou

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Anna Diamantopoulou
Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping
In office
7 March 2012 – 17 May 2012
Prime MinisterLucas Papademos
Preceded byMichalis Chrisochoidis
Succeeded byYannis Stournaras
Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs
In office
7 October 2009 – 7 March 2012
Prime MinisterGeorge Papandreou
Lucas Papademos
Preceded byAris Spiliotopoulos (National Education and Religious Affairs)
Succeeded byGeorgios Babiniotis
European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs
In office
25 September 1999 – 18 February 2004
PresidentRomano Prodi
Preceded byPádraig Flynn
Succeeded byStavros Dimas
Personal details
Born (1959-02-26) 26 February 1959 (age 59)
Kozani, Greece
Political partyPanhellenic Socialist Movement
Spouse(s)Giannis Savalanos
Alma materAristotle University of Thessaloniki
Panteion University

Anna Diamantopoulou (Greek: Άννα Διαμαντοπούλου; born 26 February 1959 in Kozani, Greece) is a Greek politician, currently President of the Athens-based think tank "DIKTIO" Network for Reform in Greece and Europe.[1] She served as Minister of Education as well as Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping. She also served as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities in the Prodi Commission, a post she held between 1999–2004.[2][3] She regularly attends international policy fora, including the Bilderberg Group.


A civil engineer by training, Diamantopoulou's political career began in 1984, when she was appointed as a Prefects of Kastoria. Two years later (1986), she was appointed as Secretary General for Adult Education and later for Youth. She was appointed President of the Hellenic Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Handicraft (EOMMEX) in 1993 and left the position to become Secretary General for Industry.

Political career[edit]

Anna Diamantopoulou's parliamentary career began in 1996 when she was elected to represent the district of Kozani. She was appointed as Deputy Minister for Development in charge of privatisation and industrial restructuring, a position she left in order to become a European Commissioner.

On 4 October 2009 she was re-elected as a Member of Parliament and served as Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs in the cabinet of George Papandreou. In her capacity as education minister, Diamantopoulou cited diminishing tertiary-education enrolments as justification for the abolition of minimum academic requirements for undergraduate admission which had long been suggested by the academic community and recently introduced by the state to ensure higher standards. This measure helped save failing low-ranking institutions such as the TEI of Western Macedonia in her former constituency, as it enabled them to broaden recruitment by admitting students from the lowest percentiles of the nationwide examination rankings. In response to criticism that her policy was diluting academic standards for populist purposes, Diamantopoulou replied that 'in the past, failed applicants would go to private [tertiary] institutions and abroad' anyway.[4]

Diamantopoulou declares herself a firm believer in Greece's ability to join the frontrunning countries in the knowledge economy by 2020. She is the author of a book called 'Exipni Ellada' (Intelligent Greece) which outlines the need for innovation, goal-oriented endeavours and professional approaches as the key prerequisites for social and economic progress.


Diamantopoulou has been very active in European affairs both from her position at the European Commission and since her return to Greece. A champion of women's issues and a staunch supporter of stronger, more competitive Europe, Anna Diamantopoulou continuously stresses the importance of balancing economic efficiency with social justice. She is among the most prominent political personalities of Europe.



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "About Anna Diamantopoulou". European Commission. ( Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Anna Diamantopoulou". Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ Mastoras, Nikos (26 August 2010), "Νέο εξεταστικό από το 2013", Ta Nea, Athens, Greece

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Political offices
Preceded by
Christos Papoutsis
Greek European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Stavros Dimas
Preceded by
Pádraig Flynn
European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs
Preceded by
Aris Spiliotopoulos
as Minister for National Education and Religious Affairs
Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs
Succeeded by
Georgios Babiniotis
Preceded by
Michalis Chrisochoidis
Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping
Succeeded by
Yannis Stournaras