One of the key factors determining the competitiveness of businesses is the cost of energy. Greek enterprises — whether they are large-scale industries or small and medium-sized enterprises engaged in manufacturing, catering and farming — are faced with a massive sustainability problem due, in part, to the high cost of energy.
The main energy provider is the Public Power Corporation (PPC), which theoretically is a public benefit organisation that should provide accommodative economic and social services to serve the interests of the many and not the few.
Nevertheless, though it has been several years since the deregulation of the energy market in Greece, competition is very limited and there is essentially a monopoly. This affects production and wholesale trade, as well as the goods that reach the end consumers.
In view of this and based on fair competition, the Commission is asked:
What measures will it take to remove the distortions in the energy market which drive up costs for businesses and consumers?