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The Greek authorities have temporarily banned the export of firewood from the country.

The Greek authorities have temporarily banned the export of firewood from the country.

Greece introduces a temporary ban on the export of logging products outside the country.

The ban on the export of processed or unprocessed logging products to both the EU countries and third countries is introduced from November 15 this year until March 1, 2023 due to the high price of these products on the market and the increased risk of illegal logging in the coming winter, the newspaper writes.

In Greece, prices for electricity, gas, gasoline and diesel fuel, and solid fuels have risen significantly. Firewood has risen in price by 30-40% depending on the tree – pine wood costs 140-150 euros per cubic meter, olive 170-180 euros per cubic meter, a bag of firewood costs 15-16 euros instead of 9-12 euros. Many homes in Greece have fireplaces and people use them extensively in winter.

An amendment to ban the export of logging products was submitted to the Parliament on Tuesday by the Ministry of Development and Investment of Greece.

“All harvesting materials that are attempted to be shipped to another EU Member State shall be confiscated. The confiscated products must be immediately handed over to the competent local development authority of the region concerned so that they can be used to meet urgent social needs, or for publicly beneficial purposes, or for charitable activities,” the document says.