Ministry of Culture and Sport (Greece)

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Ministry of Culture and Sports
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Established: 1971

The Ministry of Culture and Sport (Greek: Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού) is a government department of Greece entrusted with the preservation of the country's cultural heritage, the arts, as well as sports, through the subordinate General Secretariat for Sports. Established in 1971 as the Ministry of Culture and Science (Ὑπουργεῖον Πολιτισμοῦ καὶ Ἐπιστημῶν), it was renamed the Ministry of Culture (Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού) on 26 July 1985. On 7 October 2009, it was merged with the Ministry of Touristic Development to form the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού και Τουρισμού). It ceased to exist on 21 June 2012, when the Ministry of Tourism was re-established and the culture portfolio was absorbed by the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs to form the Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sport. The Ministry of Culture and Sport was re-established on 25 June 2013. The current minister is Konstantinos Tasoulas (el).

List of Ministers for Culture and Science (1971–1985)[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1. Konstantinos Panagiotakis 26 August 1971 25 November 1973
2. Dimitrios Tsakonas 25 November 1973 24 July 1974
3. Konstantinos Tsatsos 24 July 1974 9 October 1974 National Radical Union
4. Ioannis Michail Panagiotopoulos 9 October 1974 21 November 1974
5. Konstantinos Trypanis 21 November 1974 28 November 1977 New Democracy
6. Georgios Plytas 28 November 1977 25 September 1978 New Democracy
7. Demetrios Nianias 25 September 1978 10 May 1980 New Democracy
8. Andreas Andrianopoulos 10 May 1980 21 October 1981 New Democracy
9. Melina Mercouri 21 October 1981 26 July 1985 Panhellenic Socialist Movement

List of Ministers for Culture (1985–2009)[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
Melina Mercouri 26 July 1985 2 July 1989 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
10. Anna Psarouda-Benaki (first term) 2 July 1989 7 July 1989 New Democracy
11. Georgios Mylonas (first term) 7 July 1989 23 November 1989 New Democracy
12. Sotiris Kouvelas 23 November 1989 13 February 1990 New Democracy
Georgios Mylonas (second term) 13 February 1990 11 April 1990 New Democracy
13. Tzannis Tzannetakis 11 April 1990 8 August 1991 New Democracy
Anna Psarouda-Benaki (second term) 8 August 1991 3 December 1992 New Democracy
14. Dora Bakoyanni 7 December 1992 13 October 1993 New Democracy
Melina Mercouri (second term) 13 October 1993 6 March 1994 (death in office) Panhellenic Socialist Movement
15. Thanos Mikroutsikos 16 March 1994 (acting minister from 6 March) 22 January 1996 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
16. Stavros Benos 22 January 1996 25 September 1996 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
17. Evangelos Venizelos (first term) 25 September 1996 19 February 1999 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
18. Elisavet Papazoi 19 February 1999 13 April 2000 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
19. Theodoros Pangalos 13 April 2000 20 November 2000 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Evangelos Venizelos (second term) 20 November 2000 10 March 2004 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
20. Kostas Karamanlis 10 March 2004 15 February 2006 New Democracy
21. Georgios Voulgarakis 15 February 2006 19 September 2007 New Democracy
22. Michalis Liapis 19 September 2007 7 January 2009 New Democracy
23. Antonis Samaras 8 January 2009 7 October 2009 New Democracy

List of Ministers for Culture and Tourism (2009–2012)[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
24. Pavlos Geroulanos 7 October 2009 17 May 2012 Panhellenic Socialist Movement
25. Tatiana Karapanagioti 17 May 2012 21 June 2012 caretaker government

List of Ministers for Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sport (2012–2013)[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
26. Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos 21 June 2012 25 June 2013 New Democracy

List of Ministers for Culture and Sport (since 2013)[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
27. Panos Panagiotopoulos 25 June 2013 10 June 2014 New Democracy
28. Konstantinos Tasoulas (el) 10 June 2014 Incumbent New Democracy

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