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PM chairs meeting on energy, pipelines

Δημοσίευση 11 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:27 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
PM chairs meeting on energy, pipelines
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Prime Minister George Papandreou on Monday chaired a government meeting focusing mainly on planned natural gas and oil pipelines passing through Greece, government sources revealed.

Prime Minister George Papandreou on Monday chaired a government meeting focusing mainly on planned natural gas and oil pipelines passing through Greece, government sources revealed.

The meeting was held in Parliament and served as a first briefing on ahead of the upcoming European Union summit on February 4 to discuss energy issues.

Participating in the meeting were Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, Minister of State for Investments Haris Pamboukis, Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili and Deputy Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis.

The briefing concerned the supply, directions, branching and the economic and geopolitical interests pipelines running through Greece, including the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline or the Nabucco, Southstream and ITGI natural gas pipelines.

According to environment ministry sources, there was also a briefing by Birbili on developments concerning the Greek-Albania-Italy (TAP), the ITGI and Nabucco natgas pipelines. The minister presented programmes envisaging the withdrawal of older, polluting power plants and a shift in the energy mix in Greece to include 20 percent power from renewable energy sources.

A foreign ministry source revealed that energy issues are on the agenda during a visit to Greece by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday, as well as the margins for cooperation between Greece and Israel.

Draft bills on biodiversity; civil aviation authority

An omnibus bill by the Environment, Energy and Climate Change ministry on the preservation and protection of biodiversity was tabled in Parliament and referred to a relevant Parliamentary committee.

Additionally, a bill by the Infrastructures, Transport and Networks ministry on the reorganising and upgrading of the Civil Aviation Authority and the utilisation and development of state-run airports was also tabled.