At the very end, Greeks got neither a “national unity” government as Antonis Samaras had proposed, neither a “national co-responsibility” government as Evangelos Venizelos wanted. After four days of negotiations between Nea Dimocratia, PASOK and Democratic Left, Greeks got a “national responsibility” government.
In a proclamation published together with the names of the cabinet members,
the coalition government partners set as government goals “to deal with the crisis, to open the way of development and to revise terms of the loan agreement (MoU) without putting in danger the European path of the country or remaining in the euro.”
Samaras government wants “to eliminate the state, to keep debt under control and to implement structural reforms necessary for the country” as the loan agreement dictates but at the same time it wants “to create conditions that will definitely take the country out of the crisis and out of dependence from future loan agreements.”
Here are the ministers and some alternate ministers – for full list in Greek check here.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
Finance Minister: Vasssilis Rapanos. Alternate: Christos Staikouras (for state expenditure), Giwrgos Mavraganis (for state revenues).
Foreign Minister: Dimitris Avramopoulos (ex-career diplomat, ex Athens mayor, ex Health Minister ND). Alternate: Dimitris Kourkoulas (diplomat, PASOK I think)
Defense Minister: Panos Panagiotopoulos (ex journalist, ND)
Interior Minister: Evripidis Stylianidis (ND)
Tourism Minister: Olga Kefalogianni (ND)
Health Minister: Andreas Lykourentzos (ND) – 3 alternate among them one woman
Maritime: Kostas Mousouroulis Alternate: Nikos Vernikos (shipowner, PASOK)
Citizens’ Protection: Nikos Dendias (ND)
Justice: Antonis Rupakiotis (proposal of DemLeft )
Development and Infrastructure: Kostis Chadzithakis (ND, also ex minister)
Administration Reform: Antonis Manitakis (proposal of DemLeft)
Education & Culture: Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos (?)
Agricultural Development: Athanasios Tsaftaris (PASOK)
Labour: Panagiotis Vourtsis
Environment: Evangelos Livieratos (PASOK)
Macedonia-Thrace: Theodoros Karaoglou
Epikrateias (without portofolio) : Dimitris Stamatis
Government Spokesman: Simos Kedikoglou
Vaggelis Meimarakis (ND) will be proposed as Parliament Speaker – He get elected per voting.
The government will be sworn-in at 7 pm, an hour later the first cabinet meeting will be held. Rapanos, Kourkoulas and Mavragannis will be sworn-in tomorrow, Friday.
Boys Among Themselves…
The government has 40 members, Antonis Samaras included.
In a conservative male-dominating government there was place only for two women (Tourism Minister, deputy Health Minister).
Only 24 ministers, alternate and deputy ministers are members of the Parliament, 15 are not. Only 11 from the new ministers and deputy ministers have served in a ministerial post before.
Nea Dimocratia fully controls the cabinet with 33 members (either party members or ND choice). TI fully controls 10 ministries without a member from another party.
PASOK chose three ministers, including Vassilis Rapanos.
DEMLEFT chose two ministers and one deputy minister.
Three ministries are led by ND & PASOK, and three others by ND & DEMLEFT
Three New Ministries
There are three new ministries Tourism, Maritime and Macedonia-Thrace that deals with issues of Northern Greece.
Culture and Education were merged.
During the last days, Greek media had cited ND sources, claiming the new government would be composed of 16 ministers and 20 alternate/deputy ministers.
Samaras excluded we have to come up for the costs of 39 people including their staff.
No problem, if this government would take us out of the crisis.