Minister of Environment and Energy Kostas Skrekas at a meeting of the EU Council of Energy Ministers proposed to adopt a strategy of phasing out Russian energy sources, which would not jeopardize the security of Russian gas supplies to Europe.
“I urged my colleagues to adopt a realistic and well-designed strategy to phase out Russian fossil fuels without compromising the security of Europe’s natural gas supply. Accelerating the green transition, building critical energy infrastructure that will increase our energy competitiveness, and working with neighboring countries to diversify energy sources and supply routes is the only way to overcome this unprecedented crisis,” Skrekas said.
The Greek minister stressed the need for immediate coordinated action at the Central European level to support European consumers, especially vulnerable households and small and medium-sized enterprises, from soaring energy prices. He reaffirmed the Greek Government’s proposals to set a price ceiling on wholesale energy markets and set up a European Solidarity Mechanism to offset the effects of the international energy crisis and stabilize prices at an affordable level. Skrekas also said that Greece is ready to support Bulgaria and from the first day of the cutoff of Russian gas supplies began to supply more natural gas to the neighboring country.