Stavros Papastavrou

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Stavros Papastavrou
Σταύρος Παπασταύρου
Deputy Chief of Staff for European and International Affairs
In office
June 2012 – January 2015
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Chairman of the Democrat Youth Community of Europe
In office
Preceded by Fredrik Reinfeldt
Succeeded by Meinhard Friedl
Chairman of European Democrat Students
In office
Preceded by Bettina Machaczek
Succeeded by Laura de Esteban
Personal details
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Political party New Democracy
Alma mater University of Athens
Harvard University
Religion Greek Orthodox

Stavros Papastavrou (Greek: Σταύρος Παπασταύρου; born 1967) is a Greek politician.


He studied Law at the University of Athens and graduated in 1990 (Valedictorian). He was granted a state scholarship and continued with graduate studies at Harvard University.

Political career[edit]

From 1989 to 1991 he was chairman of European Democrat Students, while from 1997 to 2001 Papastavrou was chairperson of the Democrat Youth Community of Europe.[1]

He was a candidate in 1999 Euro-elections with New Democracy but not elected. In 2004 when Nea Demokratia won the national elections in Greece, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis appointed him International Secretary of New Democracy, the centre-right party of Greece. At the Euroelections of June 2009 he was again a candidate, this time ranked 9, but his party Nea Demokratia elected only 8.

After the elections of 2009 the new leader of Nea Demokratia Antonis Samaras re-appointed him as International Secretary, a position he held until 2015.[2]

Following the June 2012 election, the newly-appointed Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, appointed him as his Deputy Chief of Staff for European and International Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office. In August 2012 he was appointed Coordinator of the Greek German Partnership, the bilateral cooperation among the Greek and German state aiming to exchange of technical expertise in various public domains.[3]

In January 2014, Yiannis Stournaras announced that he would be stepping down as Minister of Finance in order to become Governor of the Bank of Greece. It was suggested that Samaras has chosen Papastavrou to replace him as Minister of Finance. However, Gikas Hardouvelis is the one who actually succeeds Stournaras.[3]

Offshore connections[edit]

When the Lagarde list was published, it was revealed that Papastavrou was the joint holder of an account of $550 million. In response, Papastavrou claimed that it was an attempt by Syriza "to cover him with mud" by accusing him of "political immorality." He also claimed that he had nothing to do with the account in question. The only involvement in the list that he admitted was a $5.4 million account held by one of his clients.[3]

The Panama Papers confirmed that Papstavrou had been a member of the council of the Panamanian foundations, Green Shamrock Foundation and Diman Foundation, from 2005 to 2014. In 2006, he became deputy chairman of the Aisios Foundation, that still exists today. However, Papstavrou resigned from the Aisios Foundation in 2012.[4]