Greece’s Caretaker Government Sworn in
Greece’s interim cabinet was officially sworn in on Friday during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
Led by Ioannis Sarmas, the president of the Court of Audit, the interim government will head Greece until new national elections are held in late June.
Chairing a cabinet meeting at the Maximos Mansion after the ceremony, Sarmas gave the interim ministers their first guidelines.
“We must be neutral, impartial, objective and weigh our actions and their consequences so that they are not considered to constitute intervention in favor of or against any faction in the following election campaign,” he said.
The swearing in of an interim government in Greece follows the country’s national elections on May 21. Greece’s New Democracy party failed to secure a majority vote and party leaders refused to form a coalition government.
Greece’s interim government is as follows:
- Minister of State
Vassilis Skouris – Former Interim Interior Minister and former President of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
- Foreign Affairs Minister
Vassilis Kaskarelis – former Greek Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Greece to NATO during the 200-2004 period
- National Defense Minister
Alkiviadis Stefanis – Former National Defense Deputy Minister and Head of the Hellenic Army General Staff
- Citizen Protection Minister
Charalambos Lalousis – Former Head of the Hellenic Army General Staff specializing in Thrace and Turkey relations
- Civil Protection Minister
Evangelos Tournas – Greek Air Force General and former Civil Protection Deputy Minister
- Culture Minister
Yiorgos Koumentakis – Greek National Opera’s Artistic Director and composer
- Education Minister
Christos Kittas – Professor of Medicine and former Rector of the University of Athens
- Tourism Minister
Ioanna Dretta – Former Marketing Greece CEO
- Health Minister
Anastasia Kotanidou – Professor of Pulmonology and Intensive Care Specialty at the University of Athens
- Interior Minister
Kalliopi Spanou – Professor of Public Administration and Law at the University of Athens
- Justice Minister
Filippos Spyropoulos – Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Athens
- Development and Investments Minister
Eleni Louri – Professor at the Department of Economics of the Athens University of Economics and Business
- Minister of Economy
Theodoros Pelagidis – Deputy Governor of the Bank of Greece
- Minister of Environment and Energy
Pantelis Kapros – Professor of energy economics and operational research at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens
- Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
Patrina Paparigopoulou – Professor at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
- Minister of Immigration and Asylum
Daniel Esdras – Former Special Envoy of the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the Government of Greece and Advisor of the Regional Director in matters concerning the Mediterranean area
- Minister of Digital Governance
Sokratis Katsikas – Professor of the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus
- Minister of Infrastructure and Transport
Yιannis Golias – Civil engineer, professor and dean of the National Technical University of Athens
- Minister of Maritime and Island Policy
Theodoros Kliaris – Former Chief of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Vice Admiral
- Minister of Rural Development and Food
Giorgos Tsakiris – Agronomist and topographical engineer
- Government spokesperson
Ministry handover ceremonies will take place Friday evening.