Cabinet of Greece

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The cabinet of Greece (Greek: Κυβέρνηση της Ελλάδας), officially called the Ministerial Council (Greek: Yπουργικό Συμβούλιο), constitutes the Government of Greece. It is the collective decision-making body of the Hellenic Republic, composed of the Prime Minister and the Ministers. One or more Ministers may be appointed Vice President of the Government (Αντιπρόεδρος της Κυβερνήσεως, Deputy prime Minister), by decree initiated by the Prime Minister. Ministers are appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The Council defines and directs the general policy of the Country, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the laws. It is regulated by the Constitution of Greece.

The Council meets at the building of the Hellenic Parliament. The meetings are chaired by the Prime Minister.

Formation of government[edit]

After the elections, the President appoints the Prime Minister and hands him the mandate to form a government. He suggests the new Ministers and Deputy Ministers and the new government gets appointed by the President in a swearing-in ceremony with the Archbishop of Athens at the Presidential Mansion in Athens.

Current cabinet[edit]

The cabinet of prime minister Antonis Samaras was sworn in on Thursday, 21 June 2012.[1] The former ministries of Shipping, Tourism and Macedonia and Thrace were re-established.[2] The junior coalition partners, PASOK and DIMAR, chose to take a limited role in the cabinet, preferring to be represented by party officials and independent technocrats instead of MPs.[3] Vassilis Rapanos, the prime minister's first choice for finance minister, fell ill before being sworn in, and tendered his resignation on 25 June. Yannis Stournaras was then chosen as the new finance minister on 26 June, and sworn in on 5 July.[4][5]

DIMAR left the coalition on 21 June 2013 in protest at the closure of the nation's public broadcaster ERT, leaving Samaras with a slim majority of 153 ND and PASOK MPs combined.[6] The two remaining parties proceeded to negotiate a cabinet reshuffle that resulted in a significantly expanded role for PASOK in the new coalition government.[7][8] A further reshuffle followed the 2014 European Parliament election.[9]

Office Incumbent Party Since
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras New Democracy 20 June 2012
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) 25 June 2013
Minister for Finance Gikas Hardouvelis Independent 10 June 2014
Minister for National Defence Nikos Dendias New Democracy 3 November 2014
Minister for the Interior Argyris Dinopoulos (el) New Democracy 10 June 2014
Minister for Development and Competitiveness Kostas Skrekas (el) New Democracy 3 November 2014
Minister for Education and Religious Affairs Andreas Loverdos PASOK 10 June 2014
Minister for Culture and Sport Konstantinos Tasoulas (el) New Democracy 10 June 2014
Minister for Administrative Reform and e-Governance Kyriakos Mitsotakis New Democracy 25 June 2013
Minister for Health Makis Voridis New Democracy 10 June 2014
Minister for Labour, Social Security and Welfare Giannis Vroutsis (el) New Democracy 21 June 2012
Minister for Rural Development and Food Giorgos Karasmanis (el) New Democracy 10 June 2014
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Michalis Chrisochoidis PASOK 25 June 2013
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Giannis Maniatis (el) PASOK 25 June 2013
Minister for Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Charalampos Athanasiou (el) New Democracy 25 June 2013
Minister for Public Order and Citizen Protection Vassilis Kikilias New Democracy 10 June 2014
Minister for Tourism Olga Kefalogianni New Democracy 21 June 2012
Minister for Shipping and the Aegean Miltiadis Varvitsiotis (el) New Democracy 25 June 2013
Minister for Macedonia and Thrace Georgios Orfanos New Democracy 10 June 2014
Minister of State Dimitrios Stamatis (el) New Democracy 21 June 2012
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi (el) New Democracy 10 June 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The new cabinet, Athens News, 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Με 39 μέλη η κυβέρνηση του Αντώνη Σαμαρά [infographic]" (in Greek). IN. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "PM Antonis Samaras announces cabinet". BBC. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Ο Γ. Στουρνάρας νέος υπουργός Οικονομικών. Kathimerini (in Greek). 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Greece names Yannis Stournaras as new finance minister". BBC. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Greece coalition partner pulls out ministers in wake of ERT debacle [update]". Kathimerini (Piraeus). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Η σύνθεση της νέας κυβέρνησης (in Greek). Athens: ΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΕΙΑ ΕΝΗΜΕΡΩΣΗΣ & ΕΠΙΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑΣ - ΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΕΙΑ ΜΕΣΩΝ ΕΝΗΜΕΡΩΣΗΣ. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "New government is ushered in". Kathimerini (Piraeus). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Σαρωτικός ανασχηματισμός: Η σύνθεση της νέας κυβέρνησης - τα βιογραφικά. Kathimerini (in Greek). 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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