The results of a report by the Germanwatch Institute on the performance of countries against climate change, according to which Greece together with the Netherlands has the largest increase in 2021, by 10 positions, posted the Minister of Labor Kostis Hatzidakis. “The reason is policies that started in 2019 or 2020 and others that continued in 2021” stresses Mr. Hatzidakis and at the same time launches an attack against the opposition, emphasizing that “So we do not give the sensitivity for the environment either to Mr. Tsipras or to any professional” defender “of the environment”.
The post of Mr. Hatzidakis in detail:
“The Germanwatch Institute’s report on climate change gives a resounding response to SYRIZA’s passionate opposition to the Government’s environmental policy. In this exhibition that covers 60 countries around the world, Greece has, together with the Netherlands, the largest increase for 2021, in 10 places. The reason is policies that started in 2019 or 2020 and others that continued in 2021, with Kostas Skrekas as Minister of Environment and all the other collaborators, his and mine before.
The reason I am referring to this report is because the Government, and I personally, are being heard from the train for more of these interventions. The “Left of Ecology” defends, for example, lignite! They refused to give a positive vote in the bill for the electric movement, considering it supposedly, perhaps because the electric taxis were served! And of course even now when Mr. Tsipras refers to the environmental law (law 4685/2020) – which we passed in May 2020 – he continues to characterize him as “environmental killer” and “forest killer”. It is the same law that is praised in this report. But also the same law that was deemed constitutional by the Council of State, which in its reasoning recently acknowledged that Article 48 on forest maps – which had been appealed – “is in line with the constitutional purposes of both environmental protection and sustainable spatial restructuring “.
So we do not give the sensitivity for the environment either to Mr. Tsipras or to any professional “defender” of the environment. We are the ones who put forward the de-lignification. We are the ones who advanced “Save-Autonomy”. We are the ones who simplified the licensing of RES. We are the ones who promoted the underwater electricity interconnections of Crete and the Cyclades. We are the ones who started the auction for the creation of 20 modern waste treatment plants. We are the ones who proceeded with the law for the withdrawal of disposable plastics, from July 1, 2021. We are the ones who passed the spatial planning law, to control the off-plan construction and development in green. We are the ones who prepared the National Reforestation Plan. We are the ones who planned the green actions of the Recovery Fund that will absorb 37.5% of the total budget! With actions for Natura areas, the natural environment in general and the development of green.
Omissions can be made. Mistakes can be made. And of course there is still a lot to be done, because climate change is a huge challenge for us and our children. We are open to bona fide criticism, but in no case will we compromise with the audacity of SYRIZA, which when it was a government repeatedly sent the country to the Court of Justice of the European Union. “And as an opposition he supports lignite, but he is constantly waving his finger!”
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