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Energy issues and PPC discussed by PM Tsipras, W. Macedonia region governor

27/05/2017




The content of a recent agreement between Greece and the country's lenders regarding the state-owned power company PPC were the focus of a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the head of the Western Macedonia Region authority Theodoros Karypidis on Friday.
During the meeting, which was also attended by Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis, there was a detailed briefing on the agreement reached with the institutions, while the prime minister stressed that "the worst had been avoided".
"The plan for the 'small' PPC was averted, which was a commitment made by the previous government and would have had significant consequences for both the company and consumers. It was possible to preserve and protect the PPC's hydroelectric plants from possible sale, which are crucial and rapidly growing productive units of the company," Tsipras noted.
Also fully protected was the public interest, since public control over the PPC was retained and this would allow the company to provide a series of social benefits, especially as regards pricing policy, he added.
The meeting sought ways to implement the agreement, including a requirement to upgrade lignite production. The possibility of public and private-sector partnerships for this purpose was discussed, with Tsipras urging Karypidis to examine the possible participation of the W. Macedonia Region in such a partnership. The prime minister also promised that the first 'productive reconstruction' conference will be held in the region and said the aim was to produce a plan for making W. Macedonia the 'energy heart' of the country that was attractive to investors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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