Profile of a spymaster: Themistocles Demiris, Greek spy agency EYP new chief

    The ambassador and until recently secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Themistocles Demiris, is the new commander of the EYP . A diplomat who, during his tenure as Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, did not seek immediate exposure from the media, low-key and for those who know him particularly capable of handling multiple things at the same time.

    Like everyone else, he has supporters and detractors in the ministry, but he is a respected diplomat.

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    Since 2019, when he assumed the position of Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has been a relatively quiet but powerful factor in the ministry. With his movements sometimes receiving criticism.

    A man for difficult missions one could say in a position that can only be described as easy...

    Themistocles Demiris, according to his biography on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was born on 2.11.1952 in Athens.


    He studied Political Science at Panteion University (1971-1975) and did a master's degree in Middle Eastern Politics at the Institute of Mediterranean and Arab Studies (1976-1977).

    As a journalist

    In the period 1978-1981, he worked as a journalist (external collaborator) in the magazine "Political Issues" and as an editorial director in the magazines "Computer Age", "Plant", "Equip", "Agrotiki Periusia".

    The first years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    In 1981 he entered the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was sworn in as a Diplomatic Attache in 1982.

    Until 1984, he worked as a Follower and Secretary III in the Cryptographic Service and the Middle East and Africa Division.

    In 1985 he was assigned to the Greek Embassy in Baghdad.

    In 1989 he was transferred to the Permanent Delegation of Greece to UNESCO. In 1992 he returned to the Central Service, being assigned to the Turkey-Cyprus Directorate, taking over, in 1994, as head of the Cyprus department.

    From 1996 he served at the Greek Embassy in Nicosia, as Counselor A' and Deputy Head of Authority / Chargé d'Affaires.

    In the EU

    In 2001 he was transferred to the Permanent Representation of Greece in the EU. assuming, successively, the duties of representative in the Western Balkans Group and the direction of the External Relations department of the Delegation.

    He returned to the Central Service in 2006, taking over as director of the Directorate of European External Relations and being promoted in 2007 to Minister Plenipotentiary B.

    In September 2008, he was assigned to Brussels as Permanent Representative to the Western European Union and Ambassador to the EU. with the duties of Representative of Greece in the Political and Security Committee.

    In 2013 he was appointed as Ambassador of Greece to Italy and San Marino and as Permanent Representative to the World Food Organization (FAO) and the other International Organizations based in Rome.

    Director at the Directorate of International Economic Organizations

    In 2014 he was promoted to Minister Plenipotentiary A΄.

    In May 2017 he returned to Athens and assumed the position of Director in the Directorate of International Financial Organizations until 1.1.2018.

    The awards

    He has been decorated by the Presidents of Egypt, Cyprus, Italy and the Hellenic Republic.

    He speaks and writes Greek, English, French and Italian.

    He has been married since 1985 to Martha Papanikolaou with whom they have two sons.


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