Nikolaos Chountis

Nikolaos Chountis (Greek: Νικόλαος Χουντής; born 17 September 1953 in Langadia, Arcadia) is a Greek politician and former Member of the European Parliament, currently serving as General Secretary of the political party Popular Unity.

Nikolaos Chountis

Νικόλαος Χουντής
Nikos Hountis Sept 2015.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Greece
Assumed office
20 July 2015
Preceded byManolis Glezos
In office
14 July 2009 – 30 June 2014
In office
15 April 2004 – 19 July 2004
Preceded byAlekos Alavanos
Alternate Minister of European Affairs
In office
27 January 2015 – 13 July 2015
Succeeded bySia Anagnostopoulou
Member of the Hellenic Parliament for Athens B
In office
25 January 2015 – 13 July 2015
Succeeded byGeorgios Miltiadi Kyritsis
Personal details
Born17 September 1953 (1953-09-17) (age 66)
Langadia, Arcadia, Greece
NationalityGreek
Political partyPopular Unity
Other political
affiliations
Synaspismos, Syriza (until 2015)
Spouse(s)Dr Evmorfia Sagkana
Alma materNational Technical University of Athens
Panteion University
OccupationElectrical engineer[1] and politician

Early life and educationEdit

Chountis was born in Langadia, Arcadia. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and with a degree in political science from the Panteion University.[1]

Political careerEdit

On 15 April 2004, Chountis succeeded Alekos Alavanos in his role as a Member of the European Parliament for Greece. Chountis served until 19 July 2004, following the 2004 European Parliament election. During this period he represented Synaspismos.

Following the 2009 European Parliament election, Chountis was elected as a Syriza Member of European Parliament. He served until 2014 as Syriza's only MEP.

Following the January 2015 Greek legislative election, he was elected a Member of the Hellenic Parliament for the Athens B constituency, representing Syriza. On 27 January 2015, he was appointed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as the Alternate Minister of European Affairs in his cabinet.

 
Hountis with successor Sia Anagnostopoulou.

A member of the Syriza's Left Platform, Hountis was internally opposed to the government's bridge agreement in February.[2] On 13 July 2015, following Tsipras' agreement with the European creditors and well ahead of the parliamentary vote, Hountis resigned from his ministerial office to be replaced by Sia Anagnostopoulou. He also resigned from Parliament and was succeeded by Giorgos Kyritsis.[3][4]

Succeeding the retired Manolis Glezos on 20 July 2015, he once again became a Member of the European Parliament.

On 26 August 2015, he defected to Popular Unity, alongside 52 other members of Syriza's central committee.[5] He becomes Popular Unity's only MEP.

Personal lifeEdit

Chountis is married to Dr Evmorfia Sagkana.[1]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "CV of Nikolaos Chountis". Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ Kouvelakis, Stathis (6 March 2015). "Syriza on a Tightrope". Jacobin. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ "SYRIZA MP and minister Nikos Hountis resigns". Kathimerini. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Terms of Office of Nikolaos Chountis". Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.protothema.gr/politics/article/503447/o-eurovouleutis-nikos-houdis-kai-alloi-52-ektos-suriza/