In order to deal with the smog problem, the Greek government is providing discounts on the cost of electricity consumption, for residential customers, during periods of increased smog. Greece’s Joint Ministerial Decision was signed by the Environment Minister, Yiannis Maniatis, the Deputy Environment Minister, Asimakis Papageorgiou and the alternate Minister of Finance, Christos Staikouras.
The members of PASOK in an official statement expressed their satisfaction in the decision. However, they point out that the problem of smog is multifactorial and that its solution requires a coordinated effort.
Specifically, PASOK calls for “immediate implementation of a “time slot” system, according to which the Greeks will be supplied with heating oil strictly for home use with a reduced excise tax instead of paying heating allowance.” This measure has practically no additional financial cost.
Finally PASOK, invoking “social solidarity and responsibility,” calls the households that are not experiencing financial difficulties, to use electric heating devices or oil burners, instead of burning wood and pellets especially the days that the air pollution is at high levels.
The Athens Medical Association has many times expressed its concern about the high levels of smog over Greece’s biggest cities. Doctors have warned citizens to limit the use of fireplaces, especially when weather conditions are such that the smog cannot be dispersed.