Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that the government is putting emphasis on the support of households, especially vulnerable households, to help them cope with higher electricity and heating fuel prices in the coming winter, during his meeting on Thursday with European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas.
The prime minister stated that “the measures proposed by the European Commission are moving in the direction of the initiatives already legislated by the Greek government for the use of national funds, but also funds arising from the carbon trading system, to support households so that they see as small an increase in electricity prices as possible.”
During the meeting, they discussed the issue of rising energy prices and the coordination of actions within the EU to support households, as well as issues related to Schinas’ portfolio.
Mitsotakis also pointed out that in the medium and long term, the transition to Renewable Energy Sources must be enhanced further, while he estimated that proposals should be considered “such as the possibility of buying natural gas as the European Union.”
Moreover, he underlined that “we should do with the natural gas what we succesfully did with the vaccines.”
On his part, Schinas said that “it is a global problem, it is not only a European problem, but of course Europe is called to deal with it as a whole.”
He added: “We are pleased with the fact that the content of our proposals is directly linked to the Greek, French and Spanish initiatives, but also to the fact that next week at the European Summit, I am confident that the European leadership will once again conclude that only joint European action helps to extricate us from the problem overall.”
The Vice President of the European Commission informed the prime minister about the first assessment of all that has been achieved in the two years since he took over his portfolio, with Mitsotakis noting that “a very important job has been done” and closing with a reference to Wednesday’s event at the “Konstantinos G. Karamanlis” Foundation:
“As we had a very interesting event yesterday, which honoured Konstantinos Karamanlis and recognised his huge contribution to the entry of Greece into the European family, it is always an opportunity to remember how much Europe has to offer and how much more it can offer to a country like Greece.”