The new Cabinet announced on Friday comprises a total of 41 ministers and alternate/deputy ministers, seven fewer than the preceding scheme.
It contains nine new faces: foreign minister Stavros Lambrinidis, justice minister Miltiades Papaioannou, minister of state and government spokesman Elias Mossialos, alternate finance minister Pantelis Economou, deputy interior minister Paris Koukoulopoulos, deputy health minister Marcos Bolaris, deputy agricultural development minister Yiannis Drivelegas, deputy administrative reform minister Pantelis Tzortzakis, and deputy defence minister Costas Spiliopoulos.
A total of 16 previous Cabinet members are not included in the new government scheme. Dimitris Droutsas, the former foreign minister, will take over his successor Stavros Lambrinidis' seat in the European Parliament, as he was the first runner-up on the PASOK ticket in the last Europarliament elections. Other ministers not included in the new scheme are Tina Birbili (environment, energy and climate change), Louka Katseli (labor and social security) and Yiannis Diamantidis (maritime affairs, islands and fisheries ministry, which has been abolished), alternate minister Telemachus Hytiris (culture and tourism, for media issues), and deputy ministers Milena Apostolaki (agricultural development), George Dolios (interior), Theodora Tzakri (interior), Anna Dalara (labor and social security) Dimitris Kouselas(finance), Spyros Kouvelis (foreign), Panagiotis Rigas (regional development and competitiveness), Yiannis Panaretos (education), Spyros Vougias (infrastructures, transports and networks), Vassilis Kegeroglou (labor and social security) and Elpida Tsouri (maritime affairs, islands and fisheries.
The new Cabinet's also has seven first-timers in government: Kozani MP Paris Koukoulopoulos (deputy interior minister), non-parliamentarian and consultant to the prime minister Pantelis Tzortzakis (administrative reform deputy minister responsible for e-governance), MEP Stavros Lambrinidis (foreign minister), Athens A district MP Pantelis Economou (deputy finance minister), Achaia MP Costas Spiliopoulos (deputy defence minister), Halkidiki MP Yiannis Drivelegas (deputy agricultural development minister), and minister of state Elias Mossialos (minister of state and government spokesman).
The new Cabinet further brings back two former government members, veteran minister Miltiades Papaioannou (justice minister) and Marcos Bolaris (health deputy minister).