Tornos news | Energy costs overwhelm Greek households


The Greek government’s cautious optimism that the surge in the Omicron variant could, according to initial estimates, start to stabilize from next week, is tempered by the fact that high energy prices are here to stay. , at least for the foreseeable future, reports.

For information, electricity bills received by households for consumption in November and December have exploded.

The monthly additional cost for a household that consumes 600 kilowatt hours per month is estimated at around 80 euros for the month of November – and this after deduction of the State subsidy of 39 euros.

The additional cost for December is even higher, at 100 euros, and households are expected to receive inflated bills until at least March.

To make matters worse, no one knows for sure how long this wave of high energy prices will last.

At the moment, the government is following a phased approach, which envisions dealing with the issue on a monthly basis.

“The support measures have so far reached 1.3 billion euros. For the month of January, 400 million euros of measures have been decided to cover a very large part of the increase in bills”, noted government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou, adding that “this support policy will continue in the period to come”.

At the same time, however, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras ruled out any possibility of reducing value added tax, as this would “derail the budget”.

For his part, however, Oikonomou noted that the government “is in constant contact with the market and is considering a series of interventions.”

“Any intervention is carefully considered by the financial staff because it must not jeopardize the solid basis for the development of the Greek economy, which is based on income, on resources and on a number of things,” he said. he noted.

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