Deputy Finance Minister Theodoros Skilakakis, speaking on the Open channel, stressed that “further assistance to households amid rising electricity prices will continue in 2022”.
“The authorities must create a permanent mechanism to regulate the situation in terms of electricity, the prices of which, according to experts’ forecasts, will fluctuate,” the deputy minister said.
“It is very important that the large investments that we make in RES (renewable energy sources) continue. Greece has the greatest renewable energy potential (in the wider Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean region) and even has the potential to become an exporter of electricity, ”he added.
When asked about the opposition’s accusations that the dividends would be small, Mr. Skilakakis noted that “this is the result of Mr. Tsipras’s policies” (ie excessive taxation imposed by the previous government).
“Today we do not have excessive taxation or surplus, as in 2018 and 2019. We have a significant deficit due to the pandemic. In other words, the fiscal situation in the country then and now has nothing to do with this. I must also remind you that shortly before Mr. Tsipras started paying dividends, he cut ΕΚΑΣ, which, in total, cost a particular group more than 4 billion euros, ”the Deputy Minister summed up his speech.