The new SYRIZA government, sworn in on Tuesday in front of President Papoulias. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will preside over the first cabinet meeting, on Wednesday morning at the government headquarters in the Maximos Mansion. It will be followed by the ministry hand-over ceremonies..
A 15-member cabinet council – including Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis and the 13 ministers – will meet every week, the newly-established government said on Tuesday.
Government sources said following the swearing-in ceremony that the government had been planning the cabinet structure a long time before Sunday’s elections, and kept to its campaign promises to reduce the number of ministries to 10 (instead of the previous government’s 18), with 13 ministers (instead of 19) and with 5 deputy ministers (instead of 20).
The smaller and more flexible cabinet is something the previous governments “could not do all these years, and we did so in one day,” government sources said, calling it a required step to reforming the state.
Among other announcements, they said that Government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis will be responsible for coordinating the economy and finance ministries, and will chair the National Council of Economic Policy and the National Committee of Negotiation.
Minister of State for Combatting Corruption Panagiotis Nikoloudis will supervise the public administration’s supervisory mechanisms, while Minister of State Nikos Pappas will oversee the general secretariats of the prime minister and of the mass media.
THE NEW GOVERNMENT
Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras
Government Vice-President: Yiannis Dragasakis
Interior – Administration Reconstruction Minister: Nikos Voutsis
Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform: George Katrougalos
Alternate Minister for Civil Protection: Yiannis Panousis
Alternate Minister for Migration Policy: Tasia Christodoulopoulou
Deputy Minister for Macedonia-Thrace: Maria Kollia-Tsarouha
Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister: George Stathakis
Alternate Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks: Christos Spirtzis
Alternate Shipping Minister: Thodoris Dritsas
Alternate Tourism Minister: Elena Kountoura
Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister: Panagiotis Lafazanis
Alternate Minister for the Environment: Yiannis Tsironis
Alternate Minister for Rural Development: Vangelis Apostolou
Deputy Minister for Rural Development: Panagiotis Sgouridis
Finance Minister: Yanis Varoufakis
Alternate Minister: Nadia Valavani
Alternate Minister: Dimitris Mardas
Education, Culture and Religious Affairs Minister: Aristidis Baltas
Alternate Minister for Culture: Nikos Xydakis
Alternate Minister for Education: Tasos Kourakis
Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation: Costas Fotakis
Deputy Minister for Sports: Stavros Kontonis
Labour Minister: Panos Skourletis
Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity: Theano Fotiou
Deputy Minister for Combatting Unemployment: Rania Antonopoulou
Health and Social Insurance Minister: Panagiotis Kouroumblis
Alternate Minister for Health: Andreas Xanthos
Alternate Minister for Social Insurance: Dimitris Stratoulis
Foreign Minister: Nikos Kotzias
Alternate Minister for European Affairs: Nikos Chountis
Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations: Efklidis Tsakalotos
National Defence Minister: Panos Kammenos
Alternate Minister: Costas Isychos
Deputy Minister: Nikos Toskas
Justice Minister: Nikos Paraskevopoulos
Minister of State for Combatting Corruption: Panagiotis Nikoloudis
Minister of State for Coordinating Government Operations: Alekos Flambouraris
Deputy Minister: Terens Quick
Minister of State: Nikos Pappas
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government spokesman: Gavriil Sakellaridis
Proposed Parliament President: Zoi Constantopoulou