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Temporary court order prohibits companies from cutting power due to unpaid adjustment clause

A First Instance Court in Athens partially accepted on Thursday the issuance of a temporary order that prohibits power companies to proceed with consumers’ power outage in case of not payment of the adjustment clause. The temporary order was requested by Greece’s consumers organizations INKA and EKPOIZO.

The Multi-Member Court of First Instance of Athens partially accepted the issuance of a temporary order requested by consumer organizations and temporarily prohibits the power outage, in case of non-payment of the adjustment clause, in the household tariffs C1 and C1N of vulnerable customers under Article 400 /. 2011, media reported.

This law includes economically weak household consumers, elderly who have reached the age of 70, provided that they do not live with another person who has not reached the same age limit, customers with serious health problems or in remote areas.

The decision is valid until the hearing of the mass lawsuit, on July 6, provided that no further adjournment is requested.

Joint statement by the Chairman of the DSA and EKPOIZO on the interim order for the adjustment clause:

“The court questioned the merits of the collective action in order to grant the temporary judicial protection it granted. Thus, it was presumed that the Adjustment Clause is invalid and contrary to the current legal order.

It granted temporary judicial protection until 6/7/2022, which consists of: Prohibiting the interruption of electricity supply to those household consumers, who belong to the broad category of “vulnerable consumers”, if they do not pay the amount corresponding to the Adjustment Clause.”

Meanwhile, the country’s Supreme Court will hold a test trial on the “adjustment clause” that concerns hundreds of thousands of citizens.

The plenary of the Supreme Court has already scheduled the trial run in line with the recent regulation allowing it to hear cases that can be used as precedent for many more, thereby speeding up the process of justice.

The pilot case will be heard first by a special committee on June 14, before reaching the plenary, following a demand to that effect by Public Power Corporation (DEH).

The PPC appears to have long been prepared for such a legal case and its appeal to Supreme Court will set a trap to consumers effected by the horrible extra cost due to the adjustment clause.

As a result, no such case will be heard until the Supreme Court has reached a verdict on the matter, and citizens reportedly no longer have reason to file new cases that will have to go through the several court instances.

PS If you have such a private company working against the interests of the citizens of this country, you don’t need private ones.

When I was in school, I learned that water and electricity are public goods. But that was long time ago…

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4 comments

  1. i think you meant :
    PS If you have such a *[public]private company working against the interests of the citizens of this country, you don’t need private ones.

  2. jon francis3@gmail.com

    If you have a energy provider that is so hard up it has to rip you off for more money,,then it makes a lot of sense to cut your customer off !!
    It seems that corporate IQ has fallen sadly off the cliff edge !!

  3. Public goods are public goods by their inherent properties … it has nothing to do with what the state defines as public or not. “Air” & sunlght are public goods — they become private goods only if you can control ^ sell the access to them. …. eg converting public beaches into private beaches – there is no gain in wealth in the economy, only a transfer of wealth from those who do not control access to those who do.

    Networks (power grids, the internet, rails & roads systems where you cannot have 1000s of competitors) are natural monopolies. Natural monopolies tend to overcharge, provide inferior or restricted supplies – hence they tend to be ideal candidates for state control, assuming the public controls the state). The control of supplies/access means higher prices & bad supplies go hand in hand – there is no real competition. As such they hinder the growth of the rest of the economy….. extracting rather than creating wealth. A private supplier is not a charity and will by, its very nature of dominating supply and access, will rip off consumers.

    • keeptalkinggreece

      you forgot the cartels & price fixing. The PPC is half-public. And Ok, if we can’t afford to pay the bills we should cut it off and live without electricity.