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Dimitris Avramopoulos

CES Policy Fellow

Residency Dates: March 30-April 7, 2020


Dimitris Avramopoulos

Dimitris Avramopoulos was the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship at the height of the European refugee and migration crisis from 2014-2019. During his distinguished political career, Avramopoulos was appointed Minister of National Defense of Greece (2013-2014), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-2013), Minister of Health and Social Solidarity (2007-2009), and Minister of Tourism (2004-2006). Avramopoulos served in the diplomatic service of Greece from 1980 until 1993. He was spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Greek Prime Minister, and Consul of Greece in Liège and Geneva. He has also served as a member of the Hellenic Parliament for several terms between 1993 and 2012 and led the New Democracy Party in Greece for four years (2010-2014).

Prior to entering Greek national politics, Avramopoulos was Mayor of Athens (1995-2002) during which time he founded the “Permanent Conference of Mayors of the Capitals of South-East Europe.” He has been bestowed numerous awards and distinctions across Europe, Asia and Latin America for his diplomatic, civic and charitable engagements.

Avramopoulos completed his studies at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Athens and his postgraduate studies at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels (IEE-ULB).


  • European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship (2014-2019)
  • CES Policy Fellow, Harvard University