Edmond Panariti

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Edmond Panariti
Edmond Panariti.jpg
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Assumed office
15 September 2013
Prime Minister Edi Rama
Preceded by Genc Ruli
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
3 July 2012 – 4 April 2013
Prime Minister Sali Berisha
Preceded by Edmond Haxhinasto
Succeeded by Aldo Bumçi
President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
In office
3 July 2012 – 9 November 2012
Preceded by Edmond Haxhinasto
Succeeded by Gilbert Saboya Sunyé
Personal details
Born (1960-06-01) 1 June 1960 (age 57)
Tirana, Albania
Nationality Albanian
Political party Socialist Movement for Integration
Residence Tirana
Alma mater Agricultural University of Tirana

Edmond Panariti (born 1 June 1960) is an Albanian academic and politician, who is the former minister of foreign affairs and the minister of agriculture and rural development.

Early life and education[edit]

Panariti was born in Tirana on 1 June 1960.[1] He studied veterinary medicine and graduated from the University of Agriculture in Tirana in 1984.[2] He obtained a PhD in 1993 and the title of his thesis is "Tissue distribution and milk secretion of 131 I in ruminants following their experimental exposure".[2]


Panariti holds academic degrees, including associate professor (1996) and full professor of toxicology (2000). He began his career as a researcher at the Department of Radiobiology of the Institute of Veterinary Research in Tirana (1984-1989). He served as the head of the Department of Environmental Toxicology at the Institute of Veterinary Research (1992-1995).[1] Then he worked as the head of the food safety section at the Institute of Public Health (1996-1998). He became the deputy director of the Institute of Veterinary Research in 1998.[2] His tenure lasted until 2006. During this period, he published many articles and two textbooks.[3]

Panariti has been a member of the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) since 2004. In addition, he has been chairman of the national steering committee of the SMI since 2008.[1] He was the secretary for agriculture and environment of the SMI from 2006 to 2008.[1] He was elected to the Tirana municipality council in 2011, and was deputy mayor of Tirana from July 2011[4] to July 2012.[5] Panariti was appointed minister of foreign affairs on 3 July 2012, replacing Edmond Haxhinasto.[1][6][7][8] He also served as chairman of the committee of European ministers at the Council of Europe until 9 November 2012.[9][10]

Panariti visited Australia on 24 and 25 August 2012, becoming the first Albanian government minister to visit the country.[11][12] He met with the Australian foreign minister Bob Carr in this historical visit.[12][13]

When the SMI left the coalition, its three ministers, including Panariti, resigned from office, leading to cabinet reshuffle on 3 April 2013.[14] Therefore, Panariti was succeeded by Aldo Bumçi in the post.[15][16] Panariti run for office in the parliamentary elections in June 2013, being on the list of MSI in Durrës.[17] On 31 July 2013, Panariti was named minister of agriculture and rural development to the coalition cabinet led by the prime minister Edi Rama.[18][19][20] The cabinet was approved by the Albanian parliament on 15 September 2013 and Panariti began his term as agriculture minister.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Panariti is married and has two children.[3]


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  2. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae". Centaur Global Network. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Panariti Edmond". Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Headlines". Aina Tir Fax. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Likmeta, Besar (25 June 2012). "Albania's Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Albania". Fact Monster. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Likmeta, Besar (26 June 2012). "Albania: Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet". Eurasia Reviews. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Albania names new economy, interior and health ministers". Reuters. Tirana. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Edmond Panariti, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Albania and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, addresses the Third meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian people in Paris". Council of Ministers. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Committee of Ministers". Council of Europe. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Kukolja, Kristina (24 August 2012). "Historic first visit by Albanian foreign minister". World News Australia. SBS Radio. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Albanian Foreign Minister visits Australia" (Media Release). Australian Foreign Ministry. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Albanian Foreign Minister visits Australia". New Europe Online. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Byalkova, Nina (4 April 2013). "Ally exit prompts reshuffle of Albanian cabinet". SeeNews. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "President Nishani decrees the changes in the Council of Ministers". Presidency of the Republic of Albania. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "PM Berisha forwards Cabinet reshuffle proposal to President Nishani". Noodls. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Albania Election Watch" (PDF). National Democratic Institution. 4. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Likmeta, Besar (1 August 2013). "Women Given Unprecedented Role in Albania Cabinet". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  19. ^ Tase, Peter (31 July 2013). "Albania's New Prime Minister Edi Rama Announces Cabinet". Eurasia Review. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Albania's new government". Top Channel. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Albanian parlm endorses new govt". SeeNews. Tirana. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Edmond Haxhinasto
Foreign Minister of Albania
Succeeded by
Aldo Bumçi