Christos Verelis

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Visit by the president of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias to the Vasso Katraki museum in Aitoliko, Greece. To his right is PASOK MP and former minister, Christos Verelis.

Christos Verelis (Greek: Χρήστος Βερελής, born 3 June 1950) is a Greek politician.

Born in Athens, was the Greek Minister for Transport and Communications from 13 April 2000 to 10 March 2004. Graduating from the German School of Athens, Christos Verelis studied chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and later on completed his Ph.D. in the chemistry of natural products in Germany. Christos Verelis speaks English, German and French. In the general elections of 1996 and 2000, he was elected MP (PASOK) for Aetolia-Acarnania. From 1996 to 13 April 2000, Verelis was Deputy Minister for the Environment, Town Planning and Public Works. Besides that, he was Managing Director of the Hellenic Oil Refinery in Aspropyrgos, and president of the ASPROFOS company (1986–1989). Worked in the private sector (1989–1993). President of the Public Petroleum Corporation (1993–1996); during his term, he recommended the merger of the group into a single company and a share issue. Chairman and managing director of the Public Gas Corporation (1993–1996). Chairman of the Greek Chemists’ Union (1985–1993). Member of the PASOK Central Committee since 1996. President of the Greek Community in Heidelberg, and member of the Presidium of the Greek Communities in Germany. He had worked for large chemical companies in Germany and then in Greece until 1996. Christos Verelis is also member of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs. He is the father of a son and three daughters.

In May 2009, he resigned from the Greek Parliament out of political sensitivity over scandal allegations which, in May 2011,[1][2] resulted in criminal proceedings that did not involve ministerial responsibility. In the October 2009 national elections, Christos Verelis did not run for seat in the Parliament due to disagreements with his party leader.


  1. ^ Newspaper TO BHMA, [1]. Retrieved on December 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Newspaper Eleftherotypia, [2]. Retrieved on December 7, 2011.

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Preceded by
Minister for Transport and Communications
Succeeded by
Michalis Liapis

This page incorporates information from the Hellenic Parliament website