Greek PM reshuffles cabinet, retains key ministers

Greek parliament

Greek parliament

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday to help his country effectively  manage European funds that it has secured to tackle the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With these changes (the greek government) seeks more effective administration of an increase in community funds,” government Spokesman Stelios Petsas said.

The PM wants to make the government scheme more efficient as the country tackles the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has hurt its fragile economy emerging from a decade-long debt crisis.

Athens will be allocated around 72 billion euros, part of a 750 billion euro recovery fund that the European Union agreed last month to help members’ economies blighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes will also help protect workers and the pension system and help the government better tackle the “challenges of our times,” Petsas said.

Key ministers, including Finance Minister Christos Staikouras and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias remained in their posts.