Kyriakos Mitsotakis calls for an increase in European funds to address climate change

Kyriakos Mitsotakis calls for an increase in European funds to address climate change

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is following the works of the UN Climate Conference in Madrid, has called for an increase in the European funds in order to finance policies to tackle climate change.

During a meeting of the EU Heads of State and Government participating in the Conference, chaired by the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and in the presence of the new President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen as well as the new President of the European Council Charles Michel, the Prime Minister stressed that “For countries such as Greece, getting rid of lignite requires a fair transition. Funds are needed to finance this transition, which should be meaningful and not merely symbolic”. He emphasized the need to strengthen countries pursuing ambitious targets such as Greece, which has committed itself to completely stop using lignite by 2028. “We cannot pursue an effective European climate policy while co-financing at the same time an effective policy on Climate, a cohesion policy and a rural policy using the existing financial resources. A sustainable Community policy can only be achieved via increased Community funding tools and instruments”.

The Prime Minister referred to the researches conducted in the Eastern Mediterranean, denouncing Turkey’s acitivity as he sought for support from the EU. “In the medium to long term, on our way to de-lignification and the complete substitution by RES, we will find ourselves natural-gas dependent as a medium fuel. Therefore, it becomes a necessity for the EU to pay attention to the Eastern Mediterranean and to the policies to exploit new deposits from the wider region, which could be proven to be an important source of natural gas. Turkey’s activity undermines this overall effort”, he added.

The conference is attended amongst others by the Prime Ministers of France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, as well as the President of Austria. /ibna