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Latest revision as of 22:38, 15 January 2020

His Excellency The Most Honourable
Dimitrios Antoniou
MRA
Διμιτριουσ Αντονιου
96th Prime Minister of Aetolia
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 April 2011
President Alexei Tavoularis
Tryfon Iordanou
Preceded by Panagiotis Metaxas
14th Leader of the Progressive Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 December 2009
Deputy Thad Zervas
Preceded by Rhodes Demopoulos
??th Deputy Prime Minister of Aetolia
In office
13 May 2007 – 23 April 2011
Preceded by Vesna Alexopoulos
Succeeded by Panagiotis Metaxas
Minster of Agriculture
In office
12 April 2003 – 13 May 2007
Preceded by Lichas Maragos
Succeeded by Helen Nikolas
Personal details
Born (1975-01-11) 11 January 1975 (age 45)
Mandra, Aetolia
Political party Progressive Party
Alma mater University of Upper Kavala
Religion Armazism

Dimitrios Antoniou (Aetolian script: Διμιτριουσ Αντονιου; born 11 January 1975) is an Aetolian politician who has been Prime Minister of Aetolia since 23 April 2011 and the Leader of the Progressive Party since 15 December 2009. He was previously the Deputy Prime Minister of Aetolia from 2007 to 2011 and the Minster of Agriculture from 2003 to 2007.

Early life

Antoniou was born to farming parents in Mandra, Upper Kavala in 1975. His family then moved to Kavala where he attended Kavala State Boys School, graduating in 1993. During his time at school in Kavala, Antoniou's family had moved back to Mandra, and Antoniou followed when he attended the University of Upper Kavala between 1994 and 1998.

Antoniou graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Agricultural Economics and started work for a consultancy firm in Inachos. He then moved back to Mandra and began working for the Agricultural Council as a policy analyst in 2000.

Antoniou then returned to study and completed a Doctorate in the field of agricultural economics. This was whole he became the lead policy advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture in 2001.

Entry into politics

Aetolian Representative Assembly
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–03 54th Mandra Progressive
2003–07 55th Mandra Progressive
2007–11 56th Mandra Progressive
2011–15 57th Mandra Progressive
2015–19 58th Mandra Progressive
2019 59th Mandra Progressive

Antoniou's entry into politics came with the death of MRA Georgios Stamatis in 2002, who represented the Division of Mandra. The Progressive Party approached Antoniou asking if he would stand as candidate in the upcoming by-election.

Antoniou won the by-election easily with 65.6 percent of the votes, and was elected to the Representative Assembly for the first time in 2002. He quickly proved himself as a very competent member, and was promoted within the party's caucus.

The 2003 election saw the Progressive Party defeating the incumbent Conservative Party coalition, and forming a new government with the support of the Socialist Party. Antoniou was promoted to a cabinet role and appointed as Minister of Agriculture in the Demopoulos cabinet.

Several reforms of the sector were pushed by Antoniou, many of which required considerable negotiation work with coalition partners who were skeptical of the proposals. An important policy of the reform package was the implementation of product of origin standards and creating and export quality board for agricultural goods. He also built on Tryfon Iordanou's work in improving the quality of food supplied in supermarkets and reducing the price of this food.

Controversially, Antoniou and the government declined to roll back the Michel government's partial re-privatization of the agricultural sector, citing that it had enabled a wider variety of products to be made available to consumers. The production of staple foods were however returned to the control of the cooperatives.