Cabinet of George Papandreou

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Following the 4 October 2009 general elections, George Papandreou, the leader of the PA.SO.K., formed a government, which was sworn in on 7 October.[1] A major cabinet reshuffle was made in September 2010.[2] The cabinet was succeeded by the Lucas Papademos's Coalition Cabinet.

The 2009 cabinet[edit]

The cabinet has 36 members, 14 ministers and 22 deputy ministers, a reduction in the size of government as promised by the PA.SO.K. leader during his campaign for the country’s parliamentary elections. Twenty-four of the new members of the government had no previous ministerial experience. Nine of the members were women, a very large proportion by Greek standards, while five of them were named to head ministries among the 14 portfolios.[3] Papandreou appointed himself foreign minister, a portfolio he held in a previous Pasok government.[4]

Changes in government structure[edit]

The new cabinet features less ministries than usual in the past (four less than the previous cabinet),[3] and significant changes in several of them:

Ministers[edit]

The Papandreou Cabinet outside the Hellenic Parliament on October 7, 2009.
Office Incumbent Party Dates
Prime Minister George Papandreou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 6 October 2009
Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for the Interior, Decentralization and Electronic Governance Giannis Ragousis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Finance Giorgos Papakonstantinou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Foreign Affairs George Papandreou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for National Defence Evangelos Venizelos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for the Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Louka Katseli Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Tina Birbili Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Dimitris Reppas Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Labour and Social Security Andreas Loverdos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Health and Social Solidarity Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Rural Development and Food Katerina Batzeli Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Haris Kastanidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Citizen Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Culture and Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister of State to the Prime Minister Haris Pamboukis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Dimitris Droutsas Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Alternate Minister for National Defence Panos Beglitis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009

The 2010 cabinet[edit]

Prime Minister Papandreou's second cabinet was sworn in on 7 September 2010,[2] after a major cabinet reshuffle with 48 cabinet members comprising the new government, of which seven members were alternate ministers – up from two in the previous Cabinet – and 24 deputy ministers. The majority of Cabinet members are M.P.s from the ruling PA.SO.K. party.The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries - essentially the re-established Merchant Marine ministry - was established.[2]

Ministers[edit]

Office Incumbent Party Dates
Prime Minister George Papandreou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 6 October 2009
Deputy Prime Minister of Greece Theodoros Pangalos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for the Interior, Decentralization and Electronic Governance Giannis Ragousis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Finance Giorgos Papakonstantinou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Foreign Affairs Dimitris Droutsas Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for National Defence Evangelos Venizelos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Regional Development and Competitiveness Michalis Chrisochoidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Giannis Diamantidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Tina Birbili Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Dimitris Reppas Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Labour and Social Security Louka Katseli Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Health and Social Solidarity Andreas Loverdos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Rural Development and Food Kostas Skandalidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Haris Kastanidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Citizen Protection Christos Papoutsis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Culture and Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister of State to the Prime Minister Haris Pamboukis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesman George Petalotis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the European Union Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for National Defence Panagiotis Beglitis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 14 October 2009
Alternate Minister for Regional Development and Competitiveness Sokratis Xynidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Nikolaos Sifounakis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs Fofi Gennimata Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for Labour and Social Security Giorgos Koutroumanis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for Labour and Social Security responsible for the Medias Tilemachos Chitiris Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010

The 2011 cabinet[edit]

Cabinet meeting, 8 November 2011

Prime Minister George A. Papandreou announced a Cabinet reshuffle on 15 June 2011 amidst the worsening Greek debt crisis and mounting protests.[5] The new cabinet was announced and sworn in on 17 June. It features 41 members, seven down from the 2010 cabinet, and a new ministry, that of Administrative Reform, split off from the Interior Ministry.[6] The Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries, established in 2010, was dissolved and merged with the Ministry for Regional Development and Competitiveness.

The new cabinet received a vote of confidence on 21 June 2011, with 155 (51.7%) votes in favour (all from PA.SO.K. members), 143 (47.7%) against, and two (0.7%) abstentions.[7]

Ministers[edit]

Office Incumbent Party Dates
Prime Minister George Papandreou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 6 October 2009
Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Evangelos Venizelos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for the Interior Haris Kastanidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for Administrative Reform and e-Governance Dimitris Reppas Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for Foreign Affairs Stavros Lambrinidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for National Defence Panos Beglitis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Michalis Chrisochoidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Giorgos Papakonstantinou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Giannis Ragousis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for Labour and Social Security Giorgos Koutroumanis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for Health and Social Solidarity Andreas Loverdos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Rural Development and Food Kostas Skandalidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Miltiadis Papaioannou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Minister for Citizen Protection Christos Papoutsis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Minister for Culture and Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 October 2009
Minister of State and Government Spokesman Elias Mossialos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Alternate Minister of Finance Filippos Sachinidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Alternate Minister of Finance Pantelis Oikonomou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 17 June 2011
Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Sokratis Xynidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Haris Pamboukis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 27 June 2011
Alternate Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Nikolaos Sifounakis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010
Alternate Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs Fofi Gennimata Panhellenic Socialist Movement 7 September 2010

Prime Minister George A. Papandreou also announced the formation of a Government Committee (Κυβερνητική Επιτροπή) composed of leading ministers:[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "New Cabinet convenes after swearing-in ceremony". ANA-MPA. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Maria Petrakis; Natalie Weeks (2009-10-07). "Greek Government Sworn in; Katseli Gets Economy Post (Update1)". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Leviev-Sawyer, Clive (2009-10-07). "Greek Prime Minister George A. Papandreou’s cabinet sworn in". The Sofia Echo. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Γ. Παπανδρέου: Αύριο θα σχηματίσω νέα κυβέρνηση" (in Greek). Eleftherotypia. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Ανακοινώθηκε το νέο υπουργικό σχήμα" (in Greek). ANA-MPA. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Greek government survives confidence vote". BBC News (BBC). 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.