Greece must become the protagonist in the fight against climate change, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on June 2 on the island of Astypalea, where a full transition to green energy is planned, ERT reports.
“In the fight against climate change, our country must be the protagonist, not the lagging behind,” Mitsotakis said, speaking at the Astypalea: Smart and Sustainable Island event.
As the TV channel emphasizes, the Prime Minister sent two messages from the island: “the green transition in Greece in practice and the attraction of large foreign investments.” According to Mitsotakis, Greece is at the forefront of innovation with the introduction of “smart mobility systems” and a new regulatory framework that can improve the quality of life with electric vehicles. He stated that energy will be produced by a combination of solar panels and wind farms, and by 2026, due to these sources, Astypalea will achieve full energy autonomy.
According to the prime minister, “green energy” is its cheapest form, and the transition to it is connected with considerations of energy security in the context of events in Ukraine.
Recall that in the summer of 2021, Mitsotakis agreed in the European Commission on the recovery plan “Greece 2.0”, according to which it is supposed to attract a total of €100 billion to the country’s economy. According to Mitsotakis, the main funds will be directed to the “green” and digital economy.
PS European investments in the environment are, of course, good, but will they? If we recall how in the winter and spring of this year coal-fired power plants that were previously closed for environmental reasons were reactivated, there are certain doubts. Even greater doubts are whether the EU economy will pull sanctions, environmental reforms, military and financial assistance to Ukraine, and massive arms purchases at the same time. And if it pulls, then at what cost?