The claim for transition to the metallignant era in terms of parity, expressed speaking at the 3rd Forum of Mayors of WWF Hellas, the mayor of Kozani Lazaros Maloutas.
As part of the process, που πραγματοποιήθηκε διαδικτυακά την Πέμπτη 24 September to highlight the need for a fair transition to the lignite regions of the European Union and the socially equitable transition of local economies, Mr.. Maloutas underlined that «What unites all the coal regions is the anxiety for the future of our place».
Analytically, the mayor of Kozani reported: « Σήμερα δεν τίθεται θέμα συζήτησης σε ποια κατεύθυνση κινούμαστε. Carbonation is a global policy, therefore we are all moving in the same direction.
The big question is the transition to the post-lignite era to be done in terms of parity, to be fair and not to lead our areas into desolation.
Without a doubt what is needed is a plan, resources and time. I stand in time, as it is crucial for Western Macedonia.
While before 10 years lignite contributed against 70% in the power mix, the 2019 his percentage fell to 25%, and this year due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus, this percentage will fall by about half, which means that de-ligation is already present. (…)
Όλη η περιοχή της Δυτικής Μακεδονίας είναι ένα μεγάλο λιγνιτωρυχείο, with about 8 χιλιάδες άμεσα εργαζόμενους στο κομμάτι της εξόρυξης. Nevertheless, The percentage of jobs that are more broadly affected by PPC's activity is much more important. The 40% of income, παράγεται από τον ενεργειακό τομέα. So can you imagine the changes that are taking place in our region at the moment? "
Mr.. Maloutas mentioned emphatically how “What unites all local government in areas where there is carbon activity, είναι η αγωνία για το μέλλον του τόπου μας», while he testified - jointly with the four mayors of Western Macedonia participating in the forum- proposal to the Commission. This proposal, concerns the financing criteria of the Fair Transition Fund, which they do not take into account:
- The speed of de-lignification
- The level of infrastructure of the different regions
- Unemployment rates
- The peculiarities of each region.