Athens, August 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The first woman prime minister in the history of Greece is a fact.
Vasiliki Thanou, from the presidency of the Supreme Court, takes over as interim prime minister of the country, until the conduct of the upcoming elections on September 20, as head of the caretaker government.
Thanou is a reputable and well-established judicial, and mother of three children, who has been awarded to the highest judicial offices, always serving with high sense of duty and responsibility all positions, in which she has served so far.
Unlike many of her colleagues, she never shied from publicity and as a trade unionist she fought for the demands of the judiciary, always with determination and dynamism, a fact that several times pit her against the respective political authorities.
Moreover, she was the judge who argued that the property tax in PPC accounts is unconstitutional and unlawful and had referred the case to the Plenum of the Supreme Court.
Thanou has developed a rich trade union action in the judicial area, and since 2000 she was a member of the Board of the Union of Judges and Prosecutors (SAD) and served as chairman from 2012 to 2015.
Indeed, she had described her election as president of the SAD as a challenge, because of the critical moments, both for justice and for society at large, and had warmly welcomed the fact that even her male colleagues trusted her with their vote.
On February 13, 2015 she sent a letter to European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, asking him to intervene in the European institutions and the governments of other member states of the European Union in favour of the proposals of the Greek government, “to find a solution, which will ensure development, without the extension of the memorandum, without austerity measures, a solution which will allow the Greek people to regain their dignity”.
Also, in her capacity of President of the Supreme Court, she sent a letter to her European counterparts, on July 9, 2015, asking for their help in order to find a fair solution to the Greek problem”, which is both a European issue”.
Thanou rarely talks about herself and her personal life. She is married with Giorgos Christofilos, former Supreme Court Judge, and mother of three children, who she raised together with her demanding professional tasks.
Born in Halkida 1950, Thanou showed an early calling to the legal science. As she confessed in an earlier interview, he had chosen the law school from an early age, since when she was a student she particularly like the legal science.
Her colleagues speak of an intelligent and competent judiciary, who was distinguished for her dynamism and determination.
Several times he has spoken and the problems of modern Justice, classifying as first and foremost the delay in its administration, arguing that it has a great socio-economic impact.
Regarding the administration of justice, she has argued that a judge should perform his work unaffected, as he knows best, and hold himself accountable only to his conscience and God, while in terms of competences and qualifications one must have to become a magistrate, she has stressed that core skill is the desire for Justice.