New information service chief appointed

After six years at the helm of the National Information Service (EYP), diplomat Pavlos Apostolidis has announced his resignation. His successor, who is to assume his duties in November, is another diplomat, Ioannis Korantis, until recently Greece’s ambassador in Brussels. «I believe that after six years I have completed a cycle in the service and therefore I have asked the minister to appoint a new governor,» he said. Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis, praising Apostolidis’s record, hinted that his services would be made use of in another post. Korantis’s appointment continues the new practice of choosing diplomats for the post, since before Apostolidis the service was always headed by retired military officers. Korantis, born in Athens in 1948, is a graduate of the Lycée Francais d’Athenes and of Athens University Law School. He entered the diplomatic service in 1972 as a chargé d’affaires and has been posted to NATO in Brussels and the embassies in Belgrade and Washington as counselor. In 1995 he became ambassador to Saudi Arabia and in 1999 to Turkey. Since 2002 he has been at the embassy in Brussels.