Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure: Measures to support farmers using Medium Voltage are extended

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The extension of support measures from the effects of the international energy crisis in agricultural enterprises affiliated to Medium Voltage, decided jointly by the Ministers of Environment and Energy, as well as Rural Development and Food.

Specifically, in collaboration with Kostas Skrekas and Spilios Libanos, the payment of Utility Charges (SGI) for agricultural enterprises using Medium Voltage is suspended from November 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022.

This measure is provided for in an amendment of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, in the draft law of the Ministry of Development and Investment entitled “Fair Development Transition and Regulation of Specific Demilitarization Issues”.

This amendment will benefit companies with the following consumption characteristics:

– Medium Voltage Industrial Use> 13GWh.

– Medium Voltage Industrial Use.

– General purpose Medium Voltage.

– Medium voltage industrial use, for three-phase power supplies greater than or equal to 85 kVA.

The Minister of Environment and Energy, Costas Skrekas, stated: “We have made it clear that we will not leave households and businesses without protection in the face of this unprecedented energy crisis that is hitting Europe hard. In addition to the measures we have taken, which exceed 620 million euros for the period September – December, we are extending support to agricultural enterprises connected to the Middle Voltage. We are practically standing next to the primary sector at a time when the cost of electricity is being pushed by the rapid rise in gas prices. To permanently and steadily reduce the cost of agricultural production, the government has instituted incentives to increase the use of Renewable Energy Sources, while implementing a comprehensive, coherent plan for the rational management of water and the reduction of irrigation costs.».

The Minister of Rural Development and Food, Spilios Libanos, stated: “From the outset, the government has sided with producers facing the energy crisis and rising production costs. In this context, we have already implemented a triple package: the reduction of VAT on animal feed from 13% to 6%, agricultural oil on cooperatives, young farmers and those involved in contract farming, and now the suspension of SGI payments. . We are ready, if necessary, to take more measures for the practical support of producers. No one will be left alone».

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