Dimitrios Droutsas

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Dimitrios Droutsas
Δημήτριος Π. Δρούτσας
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Member of the European Parliament
In office
June 22, 2011 – June 30, 2014
(3 years, 8 days)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 September 2010 – 17 June 2011
(283 days)
President Karolos Papoulias
Preceded by George Papandreou
Succeeded by Stavros Lambrinidis
Personal details
Born (1968-08-05) 5 August 1968 (age 50)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Nationality Greek
Political party Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Spouse(s) Faye Karaviti
Alma mater University of Vienna
Profession Lawyer
Religion Greek Orthodoxy

Dimitrios P. Droutsas (Greek: Δημήτριος Π. Δρούτσας) is a Greek lawyer and politician, who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece in 2010–2011. He became MP of the European Parliament by replacing Stavros Lambrinidis, who went on to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Early life

Droutsas was born on August 5, 1968 in Nicosia, Cyprus, the son of a Greek father and a German mother from Frankfurt am Main. After primary school the family moved to Vienna, where his father worked at the Greek embassy. In Vienna he was educated at the Theresianum and later studied at University of Vienna School of Law, graduating in 1994 with a paper on the accession of Cyprus to the European Union.[1] Subsequently, Droutsas worked as an assistant professor of European Law at the European Affairs Research Centre of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In parallel, Droutsas was a legal advisor of the Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schüssel between 1998 and 1999.[2]

Political career

Dimitrios Droutsas as Greek Foreign Ministermeeting with Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar in October 2010

In 1999, Droutsas went back to Greece to serve as the Special Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, George Papandreou. Among the important issues, he advised on were political rapprochement with Turkey, Cyprus’s accession to the EU and the Cyprus problem. In March 2004, he was appointed the Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the President of Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) George A. Papandreou. From March 2008, he served as the spokesperson of Pasok and in May 2008, he was appointed its Secretary for Foreign Policy and International Relations.[2] On September 7, 2010, Droutsas was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece in a cabinet reshuffle.[3] His first tour as a foreign minister was to the Middle East from October 17 to October 20 with stops in Jordan, Israel and Palestinian territories, Egypt and Lebanon.[4][5] In the 17 June 2011 cabinet reshuffle, Droutsas was replaced as Foreign Minister by Stavros Lambrinidis, with whom he swapped places: since that date Droutsas is Member of the European Parliament.

Droutsas' works on European Law, International and European Commercial Law, and Foreign and Defense Policy have been published extensively in Greece and abroad.

He speaks German, English, French and Russian. He is married to Faye Karaviti, who is a journalist.[2]

See also


  1. "Dimitris Droutsas" (in German). Munzinger. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece. Biography. Dimitris P. Droutsas". Retrieved 2010-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Rulers. September 2010". Retrieved 2010-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece. Foreign Minister Droutsas to tour Middle East (17–20 October 2010)". Retrieved 2010-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Droutsas visits Ramala". 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
George Papandreou
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2010 – 2011
Succeeded by
Stavros Lambrinidis