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Environment

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Cyprus to register red potato

Cyprus to register red potato Cyprus’ Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment is about to register the red potato, the countrys second most important agricultural product, with the European Union for which an application for registration has been published in the republic’s official gazette. According to Minister Costas Kadis, there will be a one-month […]

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Athens building heights in hands of urban planners

Athens building heights in hands of urban planners An Environment Ministry decision on the height of buildings insists that an additional bonus in floors as stipulated in the new building regulation can be applied in Athens as well, thus overriding a series of recent decisions by the Council of State on the matter. The final […]

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Power subsidies for the industrial sector, too

Power subsidies for the industrial sector, too Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas will on Tuesday morning announce the subsidies for February electricity consumption, which will be significantly lower than those of January, after the de-escalation of the wholesale electricity price led to a nominal kilowatt-hour price 60% below the current price. The subsidy package […]

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Editorial Ta Nea: A toxic political environment

Editorial Ta Nea: A toxic political environment Those who projected that we were headed toward a calm pre-electoral period with maturity and respect for institutions will likely be proven wrong. The no confidence motion tabled by main opposition SYRIZA is within the limits of parliamentarism and absolutely predictable. It is also, however, a step toward […]

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Greece has ‘High Expectations’ from Gas Deposits Off Crete

Greece has ‘High Expectations’ from Gas Deposits Off Crete Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas spoke of “high expectations” from hydrocarbon exploration. Credit: AMNA The government in Greece said Tuesday it has “high expectations” from the exploration of natural gas in the maritime area off Crete. Greece began gas exploration starting with seismic surveys in […]

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Greece top in hazardous waste management, fines

Greece top in hazardous waste management, fines January 18, 2023 environment, FEATURED 0 Views The findings of a European assessment on Monday regarding hazardous waste management in Greece offer an interesting contrast. On the one hand, it ranks among the highest reaches in the EU in terms of waste management as only 1% of the […]

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Staikouras: Greece succeeded in an unstable environment

Staikouras: Greece succeeded in an unstable environment “In the unstable global environment, Greece has succeeded,” said Finance Minister Christos Staikouras at the Eurogroup meeting on Monday, pointing out the strong resilience and positive prospects of the Greek economy. “In today’s first Eurogroup for 2023, we had the opportunity to discuss the course of European economies […]

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Energy ministry taps into geothermal energy

Energy ministry taps into geothermal energy A new decision by Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas sets out the conditions and procedure for the leasing and exploitation of geothermal fields for the production of electricity. The largest geothermal field is located in the island complex of Milos, Kimolos and Polyaigos, for which PPC Renewables has […]

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Power subsidy ramped up

Power subsidy ramped up Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas on Friday announced the doubling of the total amount of subsidies for electricity for households and businesses for January, compared to December, as they will add up to 840 million euros. The largest part comes from the taxation of the windfall profits of power generation […]

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Grid too narrow for all RES

Grid too narrow for all RES The Ministry of Environment and Energy is setting ambitious goals in the revised National Plan for Energy and Climate (ESEK), regarding the penetration of renewable energy sources, which are in danger of remaining on paper because they require a huge development of networks. RES investments by public and private […]

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Energy Minister: Greece is asking for a 150-200 euro cap on natural gas

Energy Minister: Greece is asking for a 150-200 euro cap on natural gas “A cap at 275 euros is not, in essence, a cap,” Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas said on Thursday upon his arrival at the Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels, pointing out that a ceiling between “150 euros and 200 euros […]

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Greek Enviromental and Energy Minister addresses COP27 summit

Greek Enviromental and Energy Minister addresses COP27 summit Greek Environment & Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas on Monday addressed the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, COP27) that is being hosted in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 6-18, ANA reports, The Greek minister outlined the significance of the […]

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Reprieve for illegal edifices

Reprieve for illegal edifices The Environment Ministry is preparing another round, the fourth in 11 years, of legalization of structures either built without a permit or having significantly exceeded the allowed size. It is estimated that 262,000 structures, mostly housing, fall under this category. They were the largest among the 1.16 million structures declared under […]

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Greece World Champion in Improving Business Environment, Report Says

Greece World Champion in Improving Business Environment, Report Says Greece’s business environment ranking (BER) increased by 16 places the Economist Intelligence Unit finds. Credit: Olavfin, Public Domain, Wikipedia Greece has become the top country in the world in improving the business environment over the last few years, a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) […]

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Greece tops Change in Business Environment Rankings

Greece tops Change in Business Environment Rankings Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed an Economist Intelligence Unit report on Monday that places Greece first among countries in the “Change in Business Environment Rankings.” The report measures countries’ improvement/deterioration in their business environment from the last quarter of 2019 to the last quarter of 2022. Greece has […]

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Energy minister announces Nov. subsidy rates for electricity bills

Energy minister announces Nov. subsidy rates for electricity bills Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas on Thursday announced the size of the state subsidy for electricity bills in November, saying it would be set at 0.238 euros per KWh for a monthly consumption of up to 500 KWh. According to the minister, this covers roughly […]

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Additional criteria for hotels on small plots

Additional criteria for hotels on small plots The Environment Ministry has set new restrictions on the construction of hotels in off-plan areas, on plots of 0.4 to 0.8 hectares.  These include reducing construction energy requirements, limits on landscape changes, and reducing water consumption. The restrictions do not apply to hotels in Natura areas, where the […]

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Wood burning taking toll on health, environment

Wood burning taking toll on health, environment As households turn to wood burning to tackle soaring energy bills, experts are warning about the impact on the environment as increased wood consumption risks decimating dwindling forests and boosting illegal logging. Moreover, wood smoke is also a major source of smog, responsible for almost half of the […]

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Ministers agree to boost circularity and climate action in PanEuropean tourism

Ministers agree to boost circularity and climate action in PanEuropean tourism Ministers of the Environment from across the Pan-European region have agreed to promote the transformation of tourism, with key initiatives of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme to serve as their guiding principles. At the conclusion of the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, […]

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Warnings on energy choices

Warnings on energy choices Officials taking part in the Ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference held in the Cypriot capital Nicosia warned on Wednesday that emergency measures to cope with the present energy crisis should not distract from the overall goal of switching to clean energy sources. United Nations officials said suspending the timetable on […]

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Energy-efficient appliance coupon program deadline extended

Energy-efficient appliance coupon program deadline extended On Friday the Environment and Energy Ministry announced the extension of the period for purchases using coupons for new energy-efficient electrical appliances, through the “Recycle – Change Device” program (“Anakyklono-Allazo Syskevi”). The new deadline is November 1, from September 16. Source : Newsroom Σύνδεσμος

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The early battles for the environment

The early battles for the environment I know I’m going to anger a lot of people with the next sentence but some things need to be said. We owe a thank you to our insufferable, difficult, grumpy fellow citizens who fought battles many years ago to protect the environment in our country. If it weren’t […]

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Georgiadis: The gov’t will continue to support the citizens

Georgiadis: The gov’t will continue to support the citizens Environment and Energy Ministry will immediately launch a campaign to inform the citizens on the ways they should move in the winter in order to reduce the huge damage to the Greek economy and to their households from Putin’s energy war in Europe, Development and Investment […]

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Patriarch Bartholomew Urges Humanity to Protect the Environment

Patriarch Bartholomew Urges Humanity to Protect the Environment Humanity has not learned from the consequences of climate change, Bartholomew warned. Humanity is not learning its lessons from climate change and protecting the environment, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said on Tuesday in a message on the “Day of Protecting the Natural Environment”. The spiritual leader of the […]

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Cyprus tourism weighs on environment

Cyprus tourism weighs on environment Cypriot fintech company WiRE FS CEO Pavlos Loizou last week commented on the state of the tourism sector in Cyprus and how it stands up to financial scrutiny, as well as how it has impacted sustainability efforts on the island. Loizou noted that at the surface level, Cypriot tourism has […]

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Adrift between hope and disappointment

Adrift between hope and disappointment The country has so many chronic problems, the international environment is so unsettled, and people have such a need for stability, that each government’s worst enemy is itself. Over many years, polls show support for governments and trust in prime ministers surpassing the percentage that they won in elections. Because, […]

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Easing installation of fiber-optic connections

Easing installation of fiber-optic connections A joint decision by the ministries of Digital Governance and Environment and Energy will make it easier to approve installation of fiber-optic cables across the country.  The government wants to accelerate the number of fiber-optic connections, so that connections over 100 Mbps (megabits per second) and even in the gigabits […]

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Ministry for the Environment in name only?

Ministry for the Environment in name only? It was not, unfortunately, the first time we have seen a ministry pull such a stunt. In this case, it was the Ministry for the Environment, which put to public consultation (initially for just a week, which is below the minimum prescribed by law) a draft law containing […]

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Education funding for labor market needs

Education funding for labor market needs Seeking to adapt to an ever-changing environment, the Education Ministry plans to provide incentives to universities to orient their curricula toward modern developments in science and technology, the demands of the economy and the needs of the labor market. The shift in the orientation of universities is expected to […]

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US energy official meets with Skrekas

US energy official meets with Skrekas Greek Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas met with visiting US State Department Senior Adviser for Energy Security Amos Hochstein on Friday. Skrekas briefed the American official on the Greek strategy for the country’s energy sufficiency, emphasizing that Greece is able to export natural gas to Bulgaria and other […]

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