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…