Georgios Kaminis was elected Mayor of Athens in November 2010 and re-elected to a second term in May 2014. Prior to his election as a Mayor of Athens, he served as Greek Ombudsman for 7 years while in the 1990s worked as a lecturer and assistant professor of constitutional law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Athens. He studied law at the University of Athens and holds a doctoral degree (Doctorat d’Etat) from the University of Paris I. He was born in New York City and has also lived in Osaka, Paris, Madrid and Heidelberg. He speaks fluently English, French, Spanish and German. He is married and has two children.
Mayor Kaminis took office in an extremely difficult period for Athens. Being a fervent advocate of human rights, equal opportunities and the fight against all sorts of discrimination, he has made the protection of the most vulnerable members of the society his main priority.
The Municipality, in partnership with UNHCR, is running a program for the housing of refugees awaiting relocation to other EU countries. Currently, 240 apartments are rented throughout the city, providing shelter to more than 1,000 people. Besides covering basic needs, the program has grown to include broader activities aiming to better integrate those people into society by taking advantage of their skills and experience, and promoting growth and inclusiveness.
After securing European funding (EASI) and private sponsorship, the City of Athens will transform two of its Municipal Medical Centres into multi-service centres. The two Centres are located in vulnerable neighbourhoods and, on a one-stop-shop basis and using a tailor-made approach, they will offer health services, legal aid, social support and consulting services to underprivileged populations, promoting poverty alleviation and social integration.
The “Open Schools to the Neighbourhood” initiative foresees the use of municipality-owned school buildings, which usually remain idle after school hours, for various programmes and activities open to residents. Up to now the initiative, funded by private sponsorship, has transformed 25 schools into sustainable, vibrant community centres for all.