Stavros-Ioannis Benos

He was born in Kalamata on December 30, 1947 and he is a licensed topographical engineer.

He has served Greece’s public life as:

  • Mayor of Kalamata (1979-1990)
  • Member of Parliament (const. Messenia, 1990-2004, const. Athens B, 2004-2007) and
  • Deputy Culture Minister in Andreas Papandreou last government
  • Culture Minister, Minister for the Aegean region, Deputy Minister of Public Order in Kostas Simitis’ governments.

Major achievements during his public service are:

  • The reconstruction of the city Kalamata after the devastating earthquakes of September 1986; this project was awarded both by the European Council of Spatial Planners (for the original and human-centered urban restoration of Kalamata) and by EuropaNostra (for the preservation and enhancement of the city’s monuments).
  • The establishment and operation of the Citizen Service Centers (KEPs)
  • The establishment and operation of DIAZOMA association