Europe

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece

Contact

Address: 1st Vas. Sofias Av., 106 71 Athens, Greece

Tel.: +30 210 368 1000

Email: not available

www.mfa.gr

The Minister

Nikos Kotzias

Minister for Foreign Affairs

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Minister Nikos Kotzias worked as a researcher and taught at the Universities of Marburg, Oxford and Harvard, and he holds the position of Professor of Political Theories and International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus. He has specialized in issues of policy and political systems, societies and foreign policy of Brazil, India and Russia. He has been a member of many globally recognized international research teams on contemporary issues.

A member of the Left involved in anti-dictatorship activities, he was condemned twice during the Junta. He co-published the periodicals “Scientific Thought” and “Dialectic”, and published books in the internationally recognized “Logos” (Livani Publications) and “Reflections” (Kastaniotis Publications) series of scientific works.

He has authored 24 scientific works and a collection of poems, 300 scientific texts and over 4,000 political articles in newspapers and magazines, and he has written columns for the newspapers “Axia” and “Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia”, as well as for the magazine “Epikaira”.

Until 2008, he served as an Expert at the Foreign Ministry leaving with the rank of Expert-Ambassador. At the Foreign Ministry, he headed a number of research and planning teams. He served as a member of the first National Council on Foreign Policy. He has participated in many important negotiations, successfully defending and promoting Greece’s interests and positions.

About

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducts the country’s foreign policy, represents the country before other states and international organizations, participates on its behalf in international cooperation initiatives and mechanisms at the international, European and regional levels and advocates Greek interests, both public and private, abroad.

The Ministry’s activities:

  • Representing Greece before foreign states
  • Representing Greece and participating on her behalf in the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other international organizations and conferences
  • Representing Greece in the European Union and participating in the process of European Integration
  • Safeguarding the rights and interests of the Greek State and implementing international conventions and international law
  • Promoting international cooperation, security and peace, protecting human and minority rights, world solidarity in dealing with humanitarian issues through participation in international initiatives, and providing humanitarian and development aid
  • Enhancing the image of Greece and of Greek culture abroad and promoting international cultural cooperation
  • Informing the international community about the possibilities for economic and business cooperation with Greece
  • Safeguarding the rights and interests of Greek citizens abroad and providing assistance with their administrative affairs
  • Fostering closer relations between the Greek Diaspora and their homeland, and supporting them in preserving their mother tongue and their distinctive cultural identity
  • Coordinating Greek ministries, and other authorities and agencies on issues relating to the country’s foreign relations.