Energy issues discussed at meeting chaired by PM Samaras
ANA-MPA -- Energy issues were discussed at a government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that included government Vice President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis and Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis on Thursday.
According to Maniatis, they discussed ways to reduce energy costs and help households whose power has been disconnected. "The local authorities should immediately inform Public Power Corporation (PPC) about families who really cannot pay (off their bills) so that PPC can reconnect the supply," he noted.
Hatzidakis said that the government is making efforts to reduce energy cost for industries, adding that this would create new jobs.
They also discussed the negotiations between state natural gas supply corporation DEPA and Russia's Gazprom for cheaper gas, as well as the progress of oil exploration in the Gulf of Patras and Ioannina.
The meeting was held ahead of a visit on Friday by European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.
(Photo: Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis)
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