‘Energy offers major potential for Greek-German cooperation’

Further Greek-German cooperation in the energy sector, with emphasis on the renewable energy (RES) sector, was the main topic of discussion during a meeting in Athens yesterday between Greece’s Energy Minister Panos Skourletis and German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, also Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.

During a joint press conference, Gabriel announced that two agreements had been reached, one to promote cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector, as well as sustainable growth in this domain, and the other to offer support to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Greece possesses considerable potential in the RES sector, a field in which Germany has accumulated major know-how over the past twenty years, Gabriel noted.

The visiting official stressed that numerous German companies are interested in investing in Greece.

Following the press conference, Gabriel and Skourletis, accompanied by top-ranked local associates, met with roughly forty German company representatives. Prospective energy-sector investments were discussed and ideas exchanged.

“As you know, the energy sector can serve as a springboard for new growth and certainly constitutes, I would say, a field of a strong cooperation between Germany and Greece, as was highlighted by today’s meeting with Mr. Gabriel,” Skourletis told journalists.

Skourletis also said RES and energy efficiency prospects would be discussed at an energy conference in Athens, scheduled for today. The conference is being co-organized by the Energy Ministry, the Economy, Development and Tourism Ministry, and the German Economic Affairs and Energy Ministry.