ATHENS – Former Greek minister George Katsifaras, who held a number of key positions in PASOK administrations, passed away on August 8 at the age of 77. He had undergone surgery at at Evangelismos Hospital.
“George Katsifaras was … a sincere and practical politician, who honored his personal relationship with Andreas Papandreou (PASOK’s founder.) I express my regret at his death and my heartfelt condolences to his relatives. You will always remember him with love,” PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos said.
Katsifaras was born in Kalentzi in 1935 and studied Political Science at Panteion University in Athens. He was one of the founding members of The Greek Socialist party PASOK and the first head of party’s press office. He was Deputy Minister of Sports during the first PASOK government from 1981-82 and Deputy President from October 1981 until July 1982. In 1985, Katsifaras was first Deputy Minister of Commerce, and then was appointed Minister of Trade. In 1993 he was also appointed Minister of Mercantile Marine.