Iliopoulos: Government remedies for soaring energy prices ‘completely inadequate’

“An increase in the minimum wage, a settlement and writing-off of private debts and an intervention in the Public Power Corporation (PPC) pricing policy are real answers to the soaring cost of living that is already affecting society,” main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos said to Real FM radio on Monday.

He dismissed the 150 million euro budgeted for subsidies to offset the higher cost of electricity, as announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as “completely inadequate” at a time when market analysts were predicting that the additional cost for Greek households may reach 1 billion euros.

He also accused the government of “a fire sale of the PPC”, which will result in the country and society losing a key tool of its energy policy.

Referring to the vaccinations against Covid-19, Iliopoulos said that the government had “thrown in the towel”, noting that “in Greece at this time we have 26 percent that are not vaccinated in the age group over 80,” adding that primary healthcare was not reinforced and the mobile vaccination units programme never really worked.”