No Pardon for SYRIZA over Its Handling of the PPC, Energy Min Hatzidakis Said

Energy Minister Costis Hatzidakis. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yiannis Panagopoulos)

ATHENS – Main opposition SYRIZA should not expect any “pardon” regarding the way it handled the affairs of the Public Power Corporation, Greece’s electricity utility, Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said in an interview with Parapolitika radio on Friday.

“Of course there is an issue of responsibility and there is a matter of audacity on SYRIZA’s part,” Hatzidakis noted, noting that instead of exercising responsibility and restraint, SYRIZA was casting itself as the accuser. “They are ones accused for the specific issue,” Hatzidakis added, noting that the “issue is open politically.”

The minister said that the first test for the PPC is on September 24 when the report on its sustainability will be re-issued and expressed his optimism that it will be good. He estimated that the consolidation of PPC has a three-year horizon “but what is important now is to lay solid foundations so that we can proceed with all the structural reforms we have said, namely the gradual retirement of the lignite units, and greater flexibility within the company through a bill that we will table in approximately one month from now.”

He also said that in the next days he will meet with the representatives of the Greek Recycling Company to discuss management of plastic bags while a coordinator will soon be appointed to deal with the problem of plastics “and see how we can move quickly, not with the abolition but the reduction of plastics, dealing with the problem of disposable plastics in the framework of a broader strategy for the so-called circular economy.”

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