Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence

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The Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (Greek: Κυβερνητικό Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών και Άμυνας), usually known by its acronym KYSEA (ΚΥΣΕΑ), is the supreme decision-making body on issues of foreign policy and national defence of Greece. It was established in 1986 by initiative of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. Since its creation, its composition has changed many times.


After the latest overhaul of its membership in July 2012, it comprises:[1]

As non-voting members:

  • the General Secretary to the Prime Minister
  • the heads of the Strategy Planning Office and Diplomatic Office of the Prime Minister's Political Office
  • the Prime Minister's Defence Advisor

The General Secretary of the Government performs the functions of secretary of the KYSEA.


  1. ^ "Π.Υ.Σ. 29/28.8.2012 Κυβερνητικό Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών και Άμυνας", ΦΕΚ A 165/28.08.2012, National Printing Office, retrieved 2012-10-19