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Apostolos Katsifaras


Apostolos Katsifaras

Apostolos Katsifaras
Απόστολος Κατσιφάρας
Member of the EU Committee of the Regions
Assumed office
21 March 2011
Regional Governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
Assumed office
1 January 2011
Deputy Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights
In office
7 October 2009 – 7 September 2010
Personal details
Born 1959 (1959)
Kalentzi, Achaea, Greece
Political party PASOK
Alma mater Technological Educational Institute of Patras

Apostolos Katsifaras (Greek: Απόστολος Κατσιφάρας; born 1959 in Kalentzi, Achaea) is a Greek politician with PASOK. From 2004 on, he served as a member of the Hellenic Parliament, and shortly held the post of a deputy minister. Popularly elected in 2010 and reelected in 2014, Katsifaras currently serves as the Regional Governor of Central Greece.


  • Biography 1
    • Education and early career 1.1
    • National political career 1.2
    • Governor of Western Greece 1.3
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Education and early career

Apostolos Katsifaras, a nephew of former government minister 1994 prefectural election, he also served as a prefectural councillor of Achaea. From 1997 until 2000 he was appointed Deputy Prefect of Achaea, and between 2003 and 2004, he was Alternate Prefect.[1]

National political career

Following the

  • Apostolos KatsifarasPersonal profile of in the EU Committee of the Regions's database of members
  • Apostolos KatsifarasTerms of office of at the Hellenic Parliament (English)
  • Website of Katsifaras' electoral campaign (Greek)

External links

  1. ^ a b c "Biography".  
  2. ^ Αλληλεγγύη σε Η. Νικολάου, Γ. Δημητράκη [Solidarity with I. Nikolaos and G. Dimitrakis].  
  3. ^ Επίθεση με τραυματίες στο γραφείο του υφυπουργού Δικαιοσύνης [Injuries at an attack against the office of Deputy Minister of Justice].  
  4. ^ Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο 2011-2014 [Council of Regions] (in Ελληνικά).  
  5. ^ Βιογραφικό Σημείωμα Απόστολου Κατσιφάρα [CV Apostolos Katsifaras] (in Ελληνικά). Δικαίωμα στην Πρόοδο. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 


In the 2014 regional election, he managed to repeat his electoral success, this time running a formally independent platform. With 50.5%, he narrowly defeated ND candidate Andreas Katsaniotis in the second round, to serve another and this time a five year term.[5]

Since 2011, Katsifaras has been a Member of the European Union Committee of the Regions where he sits with the PES Group. He also serves as the 1st Vice President of the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission.

Supported by his 2010 regional election's second round, and became the first governor of the region to be newly created in the course of the Kallikratis reform. During his term, he was also the 1st Vice President of the Union of Greek Regions (ENPE).[4]

Governor of Western Greece

In September 2010 Katzifaras resigned from his post to run for the office of the Regional Governor of Western Greece.[1]

In the wake of the stirring trial against the police officers who killed Alexandros Grigoropoulos, militants attacked Katsifaras' first floor office in the Exarcheia neighborhood of Athens twice, once in November,[2] and again in January 2010. Katsifaras said "Democracy cannot be coerced, nor bullied, nor killed. It responds with further enhancing individual and social rights, protection of the weak and eliminating disparities. Humanizing prisons, improved detention conditions and the protection of human rights will continue to be at the core of our policy."[3]


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