Anastassios Peponis, a former minister of PASOK and a leading party cadre, died on Monday at the age of 87 from heart disease. He was elected in parliament with PASOK from 1977 to 2000.
After Greece’s accession into the then EEC on Jan. 1, 1981, he became a provisional member of the European Parliament representing Greece until the country held its first European Parliament elections.
In successive PASOK cabinets he held the portfolios of industry and energy (1981-82), industry, energy and technology (1986-89, 1989-90 and in 1995).
He served as minister without portfolio in 1984, minister to the presidency of the government in 1989 and in 1993-94, minister of justice in 1995, and minister of health and welfare in 1996.