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.
|Member of the European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
20 July 2015
|Preceded by||Manolis Glezos|
14 July 2009 – 30 June 2014
15 April 2004 – 19 July 2004
|Preceded by||Alekos Alavanos|
|Alternate Minister of European Affairs|
27 January 2015 – 13 July 2015
|Succeeded by||Sia Anagnostopoulou|
|Member of the Hellenic Parliament for Athens B|
25 January 2015 – 13 July 2015
|Succeeded by||Georgios Miltiadi Kyritsis|
|Born||17 September 1953 (age 66)|
Langadia, Arcadia, Greece
|Political party||Popular Unity|
|Synaspismos, Syriza (until 2015)|
|Spouse(s)||Dr Evmorfia Sagkana|
|Alma mater||National Technical University of Athens|
|Occupation||Electrical engineer 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.
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 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.
A member of the Syriza's Left Platform, Hountis was internally opposed to the government's bridge agreement in February. 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.
Succeeding the retired Manolis Glezos on 20 July 2015, he once again became a Member of the European Parliament.
Chountis is married to Dr Evmorfia Sagkana.
- "CV of Nikolaos Chountis". Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- Kouvelakis, Stathis (6 March 2015). "Syriza on a Tightrope". Jacobin. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- "SYRIZA MP and minister Nikos Hountis resigns". Kathimerini. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- "Terms of Office of Nikolaos Chountis". Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 11 August 2015.