A social package of 107 million euros to support employment in the lignite-production areas of western Macedonia and Megalopolis (Peloponnese) was approved by a relevant government committee that met via teleconference on Wednesday.
The meeting of several ministers was chaired by Environment & Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis and the Greek state funding will be provided over two years: 50 million euros for 2021 and 56.9 million euros for 2022.
Four programs will be funded, as part of Greece’s commitment to transition from lignite-fuelled power plants to environmentally sustainable economies: creating new jobs; providing unemployed youth between 18 and 29 with paid interships to acquire work experience; relocation of unemployed specialists covering local business needs; and career planning leading to jobs.
Hatzidakis said the government wanted to ensure there is no employment gap in the next two years, until all tools of the EU’s Fair Transition Fund are activated. The masterplan for Greece’s Fair Transition plan will be presented to the cabinet next week. Incorporating comments from a public consultation, the plan will cover years 2021-2027, when the EU will provide nearly 5 billion euros in transition funding from several sources, supplementing Greek state resources.