Deputy Environment, Energy & Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis met with Israeli National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau, responsible for energy issues, and Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan within the framework of the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy 4th International Conference and Exhibition, held in the city of Eilat this week.

Maniatis referred to the so-called "green development" model promoted by the Greek government as a solution to the economic crisis through economic investments and creation of new job positions.

He also referred to the “Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative” undertaken by Prime Minister George Papandreou that promotes a viable model of development that will meet the climate change challenges.

The meeting with Landau focused on the promotion of green energy, Renewable Energy Sources (RES), energy performance and energy saving. They also discussed issues concerning water management and desalinization.

Environmental policy issues, such as, waste management, recycling and energy saving in industry dominated in the meeting with the environmental protection minister.

During his visit to Israel, Maniatis also met with Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and visited the Holocaust Museum.      
Later on Tuesday, he will be in Saudi Arabia to represent Greece in the International Energy Forum (IEF) ministerial meeting in Riyadh that focuses on energy market regulation and oil market transparency.