Greece’s first climate law made its way to Parliament this week, with only minor changes in light of public consultation and the unfolding energy crisis. The legislation was tabled on the same day that the European Commission presented its REPowerEU package aimed at cutting dependence on Russian fossil fuels.
Greek officials seem very satisfied with the results of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s trip to Washington, which gave the Greek leader an opportunity to raise a wide range of issues.
Government officials were in buoyant mood on Wednesday after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis wrapped up his visit to Washington, following up his meeting with US President Joe Biden on Monday with a speech to Congress on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s visit to Washington started on a cordial note, giving the government in Athens some positive news on the international scene after a bruising few weeks struggling to contain the cost-of-living crisis at home.
While Kyriakos Mitsotakis is in Washington at the start of this week, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is looking to grab all the headlines at home after a significant turnout in the ballot on Sunday to re-elect him as party president.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis begins a two-day visit to the USA on Monday, a trip that is taking place during a crucial time due to geopolitical challenges generated by the war in Ukraine but also for Southeast Europe.
SYRIZA is hoping that there will be a high turnout of supporters to re-elect Alexis Tsipras as the opposition party’s leader on Sunday, showing that the leftists can rally their voter base as Greece moves towards the last 12 months of the current government’s term.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s pledge to tax the “windfall” profits of power companies appeared to provide a neat solution to aspects of the ongoing energy crisis, however as details emerge it is becoming a source of more political controversy.
The government is hoping to receive approval from the European Commission for its plan, set out by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a recent televised address, to cap energy prices for consumers – a policy that is the main weapon in New Democracy’s bid to fight back against the cost-of-living crisis and its political opponents.
Greece’s national plan to allocate EU Recovery & Resilience funds is moving apace at the planning stage, but appears to be stumbling at implementation.