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Iliopoulos Accuses Gov’t of Energy Policy that “Plunders” Society

September 23, 2022

ATHENS – The spokesperson for main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, Nasos Iliopoulos, accused the government of “making a deliberate political choice to plunder society in the energy sector,” during an interview with the radio station “Sto Kokkino 105.5 FM” on Friday.

“The money for the subsidies that the government is giving to keep down prices is taken from society, at a time when there are increased tax revenues, which from VAT alone amount to 2.5 billion, and inflation is running at 11-12%, when the ruling New Democracy party refuses to reduce the excise tax on fuel or the VAT on basic foodstuffs. The government is taking the money from the citizens and giving it to those who loot society through [utility] bills. In other words, there is a double route for the looting, which is coordinated by the Mitsotakis government,” Iliopoulos said.

Reiterating that “in energy, the issue is the model and not the subsidies,” he explained: “It is irrational to give 2 billion [euros] in September to those who ‘steal’ from the citizens, when with just 340 million [euros] we can have the Public Power Corporation (PPC) under public control that will restrain prices.”

“It is irrational not to follow the model of Spain and Portugal. All this time, these two countries pay 100 to 170 euros per megawatt hour, and in Greece we pay 400 to 650,” he added.

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