Anna Diamantopoulou

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Anna Diamantopoulou
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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 60)
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.

Education and academic career[edit]

Anna Diamantopoulou attended Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she received training in civil engineering and then earned graduate degree with honours on regional development from the Panteion University. She was a lecturer at various academic institutions including Bocconi, Boston and Harvard universities, Goethe University Frankfurt, London School of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Queens College, City University of New York, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[4] In 2012 Diamantopoulou became a Fisher Family Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and in 2015 was named Distinguished Scholar by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.[5]


A civil engineer by training, Diamantopoulou's political career began in 1984, when she was appointed as a Prefects of Kastoria. Two years later, 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.[4]


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.[4]

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.[6]

Diamantopoulou declares herself a firm believer in Greece's ability to join the frontrunning countries in the knowledge economy by 2020.


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 author of a far reaching European directive to ensure equal access to goods and services for women and men, e.g. not pay more for health insurance because you are a woman who may hava a child, 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.

In 2003 Anna Diamantopoulou and Pehr Gyllenhammar held a nomination ceremony of European awards which acknowledge the excellence in the fields of lifelong learning, diversity and gender equality.[7]

Writing career[edit]

Diamantopoulou is also known for her authorship of various books on Greece and its European integration. Such an example would be hers 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. Her other books are: European Integration and Governance: A Comparison with the US Model in Transatlantic Relations: Cooperation or Competition and The Future of Europe: A Discussion for All - A Question of Participation.[4]


Anna Diamantopoulou was one of the juries for the Women of Europe Awards.[9]



  1. ^ "Anna Diamantopoulou - President". DIKTIO Network. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "About Anna Diamantopoulou". European Commission. ( Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Anna Diamantopoulou". Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou". Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Anna Diamantopoulou". Robert Bosch Academy. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  6. ^ Mastoras, Nikos (26 August 2010). "Νέο εξεταστικό από το 2013". Ta Nea. Athens, Greece. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Corporate Social Responsibility : Anna Diamantopoulou to announce winners of European awards for excellence in the fields of lifelong learning, diversity and gender equality". Brussels. 26 March 2003. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. ^ A. Simatos (18 December 2002). "Commissioner Diamantopoulou to receive Legion of Honor medal". Athens News Agency. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  9. ^ Vanessa Cotterell (1 December 2016). "Women of Europe Awards". European Movement. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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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