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Stavros Lambrinidis : biography

6 February 1962 -

Stavros Lambrinidis ( born 6 February 1962, in Athens) is the European Union's Special Representative for Human Rights.

He previously held the positions of Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law at Yale University, the Chairman of the Committee for Human Rights in the Bar Association of Washington, D.C., attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., the Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador at Large of the Hellenic Republic, the Director General of the International Olympic Truce Center, the Vice President of the European Parliament and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Public Opinion

E.U.S.R. Stavros Lambrinidis is true supporter of human rights and democracy, while it is reckoned that he is one of the most powerful and influential personalities of the "International Stage" .


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Foreign Affairs

Following a cabinet reshuffle that took place in 17 June 2011 in Athens, Greece, Prime Minister George A. Papandreou announced Stavros Lambrinidis as the new Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece. A month after the assignment of his new post, he signed a Cultural Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on import restrictions for archaeological finds between the U.S. and Greece, in order to combat the illegal trade of Greek antiquities that have frequently turned up in foreign museums.

As a former Ambassador at Large and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Hellenic Republic, since July 2011 visited numerous European countries, to explain thoroughly the effectiveness of the reforms taking place in Greece and the investment opportunities in the country, in order to establish a vote of confidence for the financial assistance which is given by the E.U. member countries, as well to attract new foreign investors. During his interviews, he also made a number of proposals about the establishment of new international instruments, such as the financial transactions tax, and new legislation and organizations, such as the creation of a fiscal model, that would make the E.U. more united, in order to be able to prevent, or tackle a lot more effectively a financial crisis that could be created again in the future.

In September 2011, he represented Greece on the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations, while a few days later he was the keynote speaker in the World Leadership Forum, which is annually organized by the Foreign Policy Association.

E.U.S.R. Stavros Lambrinidis was succeeded by M.P. Stavros Dimas in November 2011, after an agreement between the parties that participated in the Coalition Government.

European Parliament

E.U.S.R. Stavros Lambrinidis started his career in the European Parliament in 20 July 2004, as a Member of the European Parliament for the PA.SO.K.. A few months later he was elected as the Vice President of the Party of European Socialists and in April 2005, as the Member of the European Parliament in charge of the Parliamentary group of the PA.SO.K..

During this term, he served as a Vice President of the Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), as a Member of the Delegation of Relations with the United States, as well as a Substitute-Member of the Delegation of Relations with Iran and the Committee of the Constitutional Affairs.

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