Ioannis Papantoniou

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Person.png Ioannis Papantoniou  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Born27 July 1949
Paris, France
Alma materQueens' College (Cambridge), University of Wisconsin, University of Athens
Criminal charge
money laundering,corruption
SpouseStavroula Kourakou
Minister of finance 1994-2001 who prepared for the Euro in Greece. In 2018, he and his wife were jailed, pending trial for grave corruption and money-laundering.

Yiannos Papantoniou is a former member of the National Parliament in Greece (MP) from 1988 to 2007,[1] Minister of National Defense (2001−03), Minister of Economy and Finance (1994−2001).[2] In the 2010s he and his wife were charged and convinced of several instances of corruption and money laundering.


Papantoniou worked at the OECD (1978–81), served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1981 to 1984, and as Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister on EEC Affairs and Integration. He was elected as chairman of the board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 1999. From 2009 to 2010, he was Visiting Senior Fellow in the Hellenic Observatory within the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

During his time as Economy and Finance Minister, he worked closely with his Economic and Financial Affairs Council partners to prepare for the launch of the Euro in Greece. For his achievements he was 'highly commended' by Euromoney magazine in September 1998 as Finance Minister of the Year.

Papantoniou has published numerous articles and books on topics related to economic and political developments in Greece, Europe and the wider world scene. In 2010 he was awarded the Davignon Fellowship by the European think-tank Friends of Europe.

Criminal charges

In October 2012, with the publication of the so-called Lagarde list, an account of 1.3 million euros was located in the Swiss bank HSBC in the name of Giannos Papantoniou's wife, Stavroula Kourakou. For this, Giannos Papantoniou was sentenced at first instance for the misdemeanor of "false submission" to a fine of 100 thousand euros and a redeemable prison sentence of 4 years, with the cost of redemption being 10 euros per day (total 14,600 euros).[3]

In March 2017, the newspaper " Real News " of Nikos Hatzinikolaou was convicted for publishing personal data of Giannos Papantoniou, for a 2014 article related to the Lagarde list case. Immediately after the decision, Papantoniou (as he had a legal right to) froze the newspaper accounts of the newspaper and collected the amount awarded to him for violating his personal data (11,175 euros).[4]

He is currently the President of the Centre for Progressive Policy Research (KEPP), an independent think-tank.[2]

On 24 October 2018, upon decision of the prosecuting authorities, Papantoniou and his wife were detained and sent to Korydallos prison, pending their trial for grave corruption and money-laundering charges, for a shipbuilding contract with the company Thales[5], the losses for the Greek State being estimated at 400 million Euro.[6]

On 7 April 2020 Yannos Papantoniou was released from temporary detention upon decision of a Judicial Council that stated that insufficient evidence was provided for sending the case to trial and ordered the investigating authorities to search for supplementary evidence through seeking further depositions.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198724 April 198726 April 1987Italy
35th Bilderberg, in Italy, 106 participants
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