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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-21

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  • [01] Development ministry bill on photovoltaics
  • [02] Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue

  • [01] Development ministry bill on photovoltaics

    A bill prepared by the Development ministry concerning arrangements for photovoltaics, the joint production of energy and other issues was tabled in Parliament on Friday.

    The bill anticipates the incorporation in national law of Directive 2004/8/EK "On promoting the joint production of energy based on demand for usefull heat in the domestic energy market."

    The restriction of losses during the transfer of electric energy and the decrease in peak demand problems, due to a better distribution of energy production units, will provide high level energy services for consumers.

    [02] Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue

    The Mediterranean region constitutes a strategic priority for Greece and the foreign ministry, stressed Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis while addressing a meeting on the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue held at the European Parliament Offices in Athens on Friday.

    The deputy FM stated that the EU-Mediterranean partnership relation goes a long way back and its course since 1995 is notable, pointing out that Greece regards the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue process as very important and contributes to its upgrading with new proposals and ideas.

    Maritime transport, viable development, renewable energy sources and environmental protection are some of the areas of cooperation, he said, adding that a special emphasis is given on cultural cooperation. The University of the Aegean currently cooperates with 25 universities from Mediterranean countries and over the past 13 years a lot has been done in this direction, said Valinakis, pointing out that there is still room for greater cooperation.

    European Parliament Vice-President Rodi-Kratsa Tsagaropoulou characterized the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue as a priority for the EU and its peoples, stressing that the French President initiative came at the right moment. The EU interest in the Mediterranean is deep rooted and not recent, she said, adding that people in the region are looking forward to the strengthening of cooperation and the creation of an area of peace, security and prosperity. ?If this endeavour succeeds, Europe and the Mediterranean will be an example,? she pointed out.

    French Ambassador to Athens Christophe Farnaud referred to the historic ties between Europe and the Mediterranean and stated that Greece, due to its geographical position, is the link between Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

    He underlined the French Presidentās initiative that gives substance to the Euro-Mediterranean relation and underlined the importance of cooperation in sectors like the environment, transportation and energy, pointing out that EU funds have already been distributed.

    Egyptian Ambassador to Athens Hamdi Loza referred to the importance of Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue and pointed out that the meeting was organized as an ad hoc initiative.

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