For the second half of 1983 Varfis was President of the Council of the European Union.
Later, he was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 24 July 1984 to 5 January 1985, where he represented the interests of the Socialist Party (PASOK). Finally, he was until 1989 EU Commissioner for relations with the EU Parliament for Regional Policies (1985) and for Consumer Protection (1986 to 1989) in the first Commission of Jacques Delors.
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