DG Energy chief in Athens this week, talks with minister, company officials

Ditte Juul-Joergensen, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, will be in Athens this week, as part of a visit to participate at the annual Delphi Economic Forum, whose latest edition is scheduled to take place April 26 to 29.

Jorgensen is expected to hold a series of talks with Greek authorities, including energy minister Kostas Skrekas, as well as Greek energy company representatives, most probably on Thursday, sources informed.

The European Commission official is expected to present her view of the Greek energy market and also make note of issues and challenges raised by market participants.

Energy company representatives are expected to request the termination of a wholesale market cap, as well as other energy crisis-related measures applied to the retail market.

Contrary to demands by Greek market players, the energy ministry has forwarded an official request to Brussels for an extension of emergency energy crisis measures until the end of the year.

These emergency measures are set to expire in June but the Greek government wants them extended as protection against any further market turmoil that could lead to a new rise in energy costs.