Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis on Wednesday addressed the Economist Conference on Innovation and referred to the initiatives undertaken by the interior ministry aimed at promoting new technologies and broadband services in the public sector through the draft law on e-governance to be submitted to parliament shortly.

Ragoussis expressed certainty that the country will not be able to recover without investing in the aforementioned sectors.

He stressed that the relevant draft law to be submitted to parliament next week at the latest is a transition for the Greek state from the “document period” to the “post-Citizen Service Centres (KEP) era” through the implementation of e-transactions and innovations such as the online issuance of administrative acts that will rid the people or enterprises of economic burden and red tape thus minimizing corruption. He added that the draft law will save an estimated 4 billion euros annually.

Speaking in the conference, Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili announced that the islet of Lipsi, near Patmos, will become the second “green island”, after Aghios Efstratios, and meet its energy needs through the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

Birbili also announced the creation of a “green village” in the prefecture of Arta, northwestern Greece, that will be self-sufficient energy-wise, while a number of pilot energy saving actions in public and private buildings are being promoted.

The ministry actions include programmes for green roofs, green army camps, and neighborhoods with zero energy consumption, as well as, green museums and buildings.