MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
Panos Kammenos was born in Athens in 1965. His origins are from Galaxidi and Nissiros Island. He is married and he has five children, four sons and one daughter. He has studied Economics and Business Administration in France and Switzerland. He speaks French and English fluently.
In the National Elections of 1993, he was elected as congressman for the first time in the second region of Attica as a participant of New Democracy. Since then and until the year 2009 he assuredly takes place in each and every national election accumulating votes that have classified him as one of the most popular congressman of that region.
In February 2012 he establishes the political party, ’Independent Greeks’. After the National Elections in May 2012, the party enters the Greek Parliament, and thence, chaired by Panos Kammenos, has successfully taken place in four national elections and in one election regarding the European Parliament.
From 2007 to 2009 he was Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Mercantile Marine Aegean and Island Policy. Until now, he is staying by the side of the islanders, especially those who are living in the frontier islands and has been distinguished for his efficient work focused on sustainable development and coastal shipping. On June 2016, he achieved to maintain the reduced tax levies on the undersized islands and on islands that have been affected by the refugee crisis.
After the National Elections of 2015, the two political parties of ‘’SYRIZA’’ and ‘’Independent Greeks’’ formed a new coalition government, in which the president of “Independent Greeks” Panos Kammenos, is serving as Minister of Defense until today.
In December 2015, the Minister of National Defense was invited to contribute in the growing issue of the refugee crisis in Greece. In a period of less than one month, the Armed Forces built, organized and administered in an exemplary matter the first refugee shelters. The Armed Forces are effectively contributing to that task to date.
Panos Kammenos has been internationally recognized for his efforts to tackle issues concerning corruption, international terrorism and to protect human rights and Orthodoxy.
He has been awarded the Grand Cross of Honour by the Patriarch of the Czech Republic and the Medal of Honour by the Patriarch of Jerusalem.
On December 2007, the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy honored him with the medal of “The Order of Knight of the National Order of Merit” for his action against international terrorism.
On 20 July 2015, the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine Theofilos III declared him a Knight Commander of the Order of Orthodox Crusaders of the Holy Sepulchre.
On 23 September 2016, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Patriarchate of Alexandreia and All Africa by the Patriarch Theodoros II.
On 3 May 2017, he has been awarded the Order of Merit as Grand Officer of the International Military Sports Council by the President of CISM, Captain AbdulHakeem Alshino.
During his tenure, the Ministry of National Defence and the Armed Forces were awarded the Grand Cross of Panagia Sumela for their offer to the country and their continuous contribution to the activities of Panagia Soumela.
Awarded positions and offices:
President of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean
Vice President of the Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the OSCE
Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Vice President of the ESC Public Order
Vice President of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee to study the problem of road accidents
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs Committee
Special Envoy of the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Issues of Terrorism
Head of the Greek Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Secretary of the Greek Parliament for three consecutive years
Published Books :
“Terrorism, Theory and Practice” (1990)
“Hellenism and Orthodoxy in the Second Millennium”, Vol. 1 (1997), Vol. 2 (1998), Vol. 3 (1999)