"Without the final date of de-lignification of the country, we would not have much of what we have today until the data and achievements for the next day," said the President of the Fair Development Transition Plan, Kostis Mousouroulis, at the event on: "West Macedonia, the creation of a hydrogen node in Europe "that he organized on Thursday 27 May the European Industrial Association "Hydrogen Europe".
Mr.. Mousouroulis pointed out that without the binding date of the de-ligation, Greece "would not have won in the current situation the approval of financing and completion of the E-65" that will be connected to the Egnatia Odos, "We would not have the gas solutions for Western Macedonia" and concluded that "Western Macedonia would not have won additional percentages of EU subsidy for investments".
Asked whether the overall demilitarization project will be accompanied by the development of a Risk Management Plan (Risk Management) for the outcome of the giant project concerning Western Macedonia and Megalopolis, he replied that soon "an Obscenity Observatory will be established where it will monitor the progress of the project, will evaluate, will suggest, the alarm bell will even ring in order for things to get back on track ".
ND MEP Manolis Kefalogiannis, recalled that the European Parliament "approved by an overwhelming majority and with 615 for, 35 against and 46 abstain from the Fair Transition Fund Regulation ", which is the first bill for the "green agreement" from the EU. The Greek MEP who was the general rapporteur of the European Parliament for the establishment of the Fair Transition Fund (ΤΔΜ) stressed that “amount resources have been committed 35 billion € (17,5 from TDM and 17,5 to the regional fund) to directly support de-lignification in Europe while total resources 100 billion will be spent on the implementation of the Green Agreement ". Mr.. Kefalogiannis stated that "until 2050 is scheduled to be invested 1 € 3 for the complete carbonization of Europe ".
George Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General of the European Industrial Association "Hydrogen Europe" noted that Greece - after Portugal- "Is the only country in the European Union that has such high resources in the production of Renewable Energy Sources through the sun and wind at the same time". He added that with the development of the Greek hydrogen strategy based on the European plan, "The country could become independent of energy supply and at the same time become an energy exporter".
The Governor of Western Macedonia, George Kasapidis, reminded the audience of the negative atmosphere that existed in the initial stage when there were discussions about the applications of hydrogen as a future energy fuel and the greenery that it could offer to the economy.. "Today, with the successive developments regarding the hydrogen development program as a Region of Western Macedonia, we are under the microscope of global interest".
The Deputy Regional Governor of Arcadia, Christos Lambropoulos, stressed that "we support the plan of de-lignification". He expressed his disagreement with those who speak of violent de-ligation of Megalopolis and spoke about the transformation of Megalopolis from an energy area to new technologies..
Finally, Nikolaos Davos from the Cluster of Bioeconomics and Environment of Western Macedonia analyzed the details of the "White Dragon" Plan of 8,06 billion where "hydrogen production is provided 250.000 tons / year , 18.000 immediate new jobs and savings 11,5 tonnes / year of CO2 carbon dioxide ".