A series of workshops with officials and senior officials of Ministries, as well as Technical Consultants of the Region, carried out by Deputy Regional Minister of Energy, Infrastructure & Environment, Kalliopi Kyriakidou for two days 18 and 19 September 2020.
Ms. Kyriakidou met with the Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, K. Maritsa Dimitrio and the Undersecretaries of the Deputy Minister, but also with General Manager of Strategic Transport Planning and Road Safety, K. Papagiannidi Dimitrio. The main point of interest was the design of our Region for Road Safety Improvement projects. In this context and for road consciousness formation It was agreed to organize a series of training seminars with Ministry Officials. In addition, discussed the National Strategic Transport Plan in relation to the Region of Western Macedonia.
At the Ministry of Environment and Energy, contact was made with Secretary General of Energy and Mineral Raw Materials, Mrs. Sdoukou Alexandra. The request of the Regional Authority for extension of the special increase due to de-ligation 10% of the basic percentage of subsidy in the forthcoming "Save-Autonomy" Program in the whole area of the Region and specifically on Grevena and Kastoria, with the Secretary-General committing to consider this possibility. Alongside, The issue was raised by the Deputy Regional Governor saturated power grids and how this hinders the development of public and private energy projects, which would boost local income in these areas. also, emphasis was placed on electrification, the analysis of the news was thorough Electric Vehicle Charging Plans (ΣΦΗΟ). These plans concern the location of charging infrastructure within the urban fabric of the Region and are an important tool for promoting green movements and consequently the enhancement of the sustainable development of Western Macedonia. In the same context, references to economic and development incentives of the new Law 4710/2020 για την ηλεκτροκίνηση που αφορούν στην Περιφέρεια Δυτικής Μακεδονίας.
In addition, in a teleconference as part of an event co-organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Greece and Cyprus and the Union of Young Local Governments, there was an opportunity to chat with him Deputy Minister of Research and Technology Mr. Dimas Christos. It was proposed by the Deputy Regional Governorthe horizontal interconnection of the Regional Research and Innovation Councils (PSEK) both among themselves and with the National Research Council, Technology and Innovation (ESETEK) for the development of knowledge on public works. also, its importance was emphasized of the State of Innovation that is being developed in Athens with the technology park of Thessaloniki ThessINTEC, but also with the Field of Energy Research and Technology proposed in Western Macedonia in the context of Depoliticization. At the end of the conversation, the need for fast track processes in terms of funding innovative ideas, as unfortunately when for them the approval of financing is given in a period of many times and more than two years, they are clearly no longer innovative and so our country is losing many opportunities.
End, with the aim of speeding up the procedures for its establishment Energy Community between the Region, of the Municipalities and the University of Western Macedonia the next required steps were discussed in detail with team of Technical Consultants of the Region. The next actions were planned and presented by the consultants at a primary stage development opportunities of the Energy Community.