George Patoulis, Mayor of Amaroussion, Greece

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George Patoulis
Mayor of Amaroussion, Greece
By Mariana Markouli

20 September 2010: George Patoulis has been Mayor of the Greek city of Amaroussion (population 120,000) since early 2007. He was born in Athens in 1961, but his family originates from Crete. He graduated in medicine at Athens University in 1981and specialised in orthopaedic surgery in the city’s Laiko general hospital. He later gained a PhD relevant to that branch of medicine. Afterwards he studied at the National School for Health, his main concern being health finance.

His interest in collective action led to his involvement between 1995 and 2002 in the founding of the Association of Specialised Doctors of Athens and Piraeus (SEIAP) as well as the pan-Hellenic Association of New Doctors, and the Union of Private Doctors of Attica.

His political career at local authority level began in 1998 when he was elected to the Pefki-Attica Municipal Council. In the municipal elections of 2002 he won first place as the councillor with the most votes in the northern suburbs of Attica.

In the 2006 elections Mr Patoulis was elected Mayor of Amaroussion. His stated intention was to improve the administration by making it more responsive, accountable, and efficient in order to meet the increasing needs and demands of citizens. As a result of his job-related experience he was able to pursue an active political role in the health sector at local and intermunicipal level.

During his mayoral term, Mr Patoulis has served on various national and European intermunicipal boards and networks, including vice-president of EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (2007 and 2008) and president of Q-Cities (2008 and 2009).

He is the current chairman of the Greek National Healthy Cities Network of the World Health Organization (WHO) and president of the following bodies: the Hellenic Intermunicipal Network of Health Structures for Local Authorities; the non-governmental organisation Health Level 7 Hellas; and the committee of Social Policy and Human Resources of TEDKNA (local union of municipalities and town councils of Attika). In 2008 he was re-elected vice-president of the Medical Association of Athens, a post that he still holds.

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