Andreas Loverdos

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Andreas Loverdos
Ανδρέας Λοβέρδος
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Minister of Education and Research
In office
10 June 2014 27 January 2015
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Preceded by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
Succeeded by Aristides Baltas (Culture, Education and Religious Affairs)
Minister of Health and Social Solidarity
In office
7 September 2010 17 May 2012
Prime Minister George Papandreou
Lucas Papademos
Preceded by Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou
Succeeded by Christos Kittas
Minister of Labour and Social Security
In office
7 October 2009 7 September 2010
Prime Minister George Papandreou
Preceded by Fani Palli-Petralia (Employment and Social Protection)
Succeeded by Louka Katseli
Personal details
Born (1956-05-15) 15 May 1956 (age 62)
Patras, Greece
Political party Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Before 2012; 2014–present)
Radical Movement of Social Democratic Alliance (2012–2013)
Agreement for the New Greece (2013–2014)
Other political
Olive Tree (2014–present)
Spouse(s) Penelope Papaioannou
Alma mater University of Thessaloniki
Free University of Brussels, French
Website Official website

Andreas Loverdos (Greek : Ανδρέας Λοβέρδος [anˈðreas loˈverðos] ; born 15 May 1956) is a Greek politician who was Minister for Education and Religious Affairs from 2014 to 2015.

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Early life

Loverdos was born in Patras, Greece. He graduated from the law school of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1978. From 1978 until 1980, he fulfilled his obligatory military service in the Hellenic Air Force. In 1982, he completed postgraduate studies in European law at the Université libre de Bruxelles. During his studies, he served as vice-president of the Thessaloniki law students' union as well as president of the Greek students' association of Belgium.

Patras Place in Peloponnese, Greece

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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki University in Thessaloniki, Greece

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the sixth oldest and among the most highly ranked tertiary education institutions in Greece. It is named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, about 55 km east of Thessaloniki.

In 1986, Andreas Loverdos completed his PhD at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with the thesis Terrorism and Political Crime: Study from the Perspective of Law. In 1991, he undertook research at the London School of Economics on the function of government and in 1996 he researched the function of democratic constitutions at Boston University.

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Academic career

Andreas Loverdos was Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Panteion University until 1986, when he was appointed Lecturer for the Department of Postgraduate Studies, a post he held until 1992. From 1992 until 1995, Andreas Loverdos worked as a full Professor of Constitutional Law.

The Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, usually referred to simply as the Panteion University, is a university located in Athens, Greece. Founded in 1927, it is oldest University of Social and Political Sciences in Greece.

He is an author of numerous articles in legal research journals.

Political career

A leading cadre of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, he was first elected to the Hellenic Parliament in the 2000 legislative election. [1] From 23 January 2002 until 10 March 2004 he served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. [1]

Hellenic Parliament Legislative body of the Greek Republic

The Hellenic Parliament is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament (MPs).

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In October 2009, he was appointed Minister for Labour and Social Security. [2] In September 2010, he was appointed Minister for Health and Social Solidarity. [2] He held this post until 17 May 2012, when the coalition government of Lucas Papademos was replaced by the caretaker government of Panagiotis Pikrammenos.

The Ministry of Health, is the government department responsible for managing Greece's health system. The current minister is Syriza MP Andreas Xanthos.The Alternate Minister of Health is Pavlos Polakis.

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The Caretaker Cabinet of Panagiotis Pikrammenos was sworn in on May 17, 2012 after the end of the period of office of the Cabinet of Lucas Papademos, when an inconclusive election on May 6, 2012 resulted in a hung parliament. According to the provisions of the Greek Constitution, President Karolos Papoulias appointed Panagiotis Pikrammenos, the outgoing chairman of the Council of State, as caretaker Prime Minister after none of the major parties was able to form a government.

On 3 December 2012, he announced the launch of a new political movement, the Radical Movement of Social Democratic Alliance (RIKSSY), and was subsequently expelled from the PASOK parliamentary group. A new political party, the Agreement for the New Greece, was formed by Loverdos and other members of RIKSSY on 15 April 2013. Loverdos returned to the government as Minister for Education and Religious Affairs on 10 June 2014, [3] and to the PASOK parliamentary group on 22 August 2014. [4]

Personal life

Andreas Loverdos is married to Penelope Papaioannou and has a daughter and two sons. [5]


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  1. 1 2 "Andreas Loverdos". Athens: Hellenic Parliament . Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Curriculum vitae". Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. Κυβέρνησις ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΥ Κ. ΣΑΜΑΡΑ (in Greek). Athens: General Secretariat of the Government. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  4. Επέστρεψε στην ΚΟ του ΠΑΣΟΚ ο Ανδρέας Λοβέρδος (in Greek). Piraeus: ΣΚΑΪ. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  5. Αναλυτικό βιογραφικό. (in Greek). Retrieved 12 November 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Fani Palli-Petralia
as Minister of Employment and Social Protection
Minister of Labour and Social Security
Succeeded by
Louka Katseli
Preceded by
Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou
Minister of Health and Social Solidarity
Succeeded by
Christos Kittas
Preceded by
Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
Minister of Education and Research
Succeeded by
Aristides Baltas
as Minister of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs