Greece has already adopted an active role in European environmental protection issues, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stressed in a speech delivered today at an inaugural forum held in Hania, Crete, to launch a Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative.
He described the inaugural EU event’s choice of location, Crete, Greece’s largest island, as a highly symbolic move for the clean island energy initiative.
“This EU initiative is being launched in a country whose government is determined to implement the Paris climate accord swiftly and thoroughly,” Tsipras told the forum. “We have taken environmental and climate protection from the political agenda’s sidelines to the core of the search as to how our society may progress in the future. We have turned long-term energy planning into a political priority, despite the seven-year economic and social crisis from which we are now emerging,” the Greek leader continued.
Tsipras also stated that Greece is the EU’s only lignite producing member state pressuring for the implementation of stricter emission limits.