Catherine Sakellaropoulo Elected as First Female President of Greece

Catherine Sakellaropoulou was elected first female President of the Republic by the first ballot as expected, with 261 votes from the ND, SYRIZA and KINAL, to a total of 294 votes.

Outgoing President Prokopis Pavlopoulos contacted Mrs Sakellaropoulou by phone and expressed her sincere congratulations as well as his warmest wishes for any success in carrying out her duties.

In a statement, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis underlined the fact that she was elected the first female President of the Republic, referring to a new era and window into the future and expressed his joy that the parties could come to terms with the basics as he said.

What is Catherine Sakellaropoulou
Ms Sakellaropoulou was chosen to be the first woman to lead the SYRIZA Council of State.

Born in Thessaloniki in 1956, her family comes from Stavroupoli, Xanthi. she studied law at the University of Athens and completed his postgraduate studies in Public Law at the University of Paris II.

In 1982 she was appointed rapporteur in the Council of State. In 1988 she was promoted to the rank of Paredros and placed in the 3rd Department. In 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Advisor and placed in Section E. On 23.10.2015 he was promoted to the rank of Vice-President and was placed in the Third Section, as Vice President. On 17.10.2018 she was promoted to the rank of President of the Court.

In the framework of her educational leave (1989-1990), she attended postgraduate courses in constitutional and administrative law at the University of Sorbonne, PARIS II.

She has been President of the Association of Judicial Officers of the CoE (1993-1995 and 2000-2001), Secretary General (1985-1986) and Vice President (2006-2008). He was a member of the Central Legislative Committee (1993-1995). She taught Environmental Law at the National School of Judges (2005-2014). He was appointed a member of the School’s Introductory and Export Competition Committee and was a member of the Board of Studies (2010-2013). She was President of the Discipline of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013-2015). Since March 2015 she is the President of the Hellenic Society for the Law of the Environment.

Particularly sensitive to environmental issues, as a State Counselor she has been the rapporteur on many major issues such as the diversion of the Acheloos River to the Thessalian plain, the rescue of refugees on Alexandria Avenue as preserved, etc.

Since 2005, she has been teaching at the National School of Law, Environmental Law. Also, Catherine Sakellaropoulou served as secretary general of the Council of State Judicial Officers (1985-1986), president (1993-1995 and 2000-2001) and vice president (2006-2008).

Catherine Sakellaropoulou, who lives in central Athens, is divorced and has a child.