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Pireaus: Family of 5 lives without electricity for two years; oil lamps make darkness milder:(video)

Kouzilos family lives in the dark since one and a half years. The debt to Greek Public Power Company (DEH) amounts €1,900. Father Giorgos tried to make an arrangement with PCC ten days ago, but no solution was found with the local branch. His offer of 500 euro was not …

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Greeks to be charged with €0,50 so that needy households have electricity

Journalists needed to put a lot of pressure on Environment Minister to reveal who will pay the bill so that needy Greeks will have electricity again. Minister Giannis Maniatis had to admit that the “social policy”, the Greek coalition government generously announced, will be paid by the rest of the …

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350K Greek households without electricity thanks to property tax

Living without electricity in Greece has reached enormous proportions as thousands of households are unable to pay their electricity bills that skyrocket due to several additional energy charges, municipality fees and the so-called “emergency property tax”. More than 350,000 property owners and tenants cannot pay in time the amount on …

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Greek romance: fabulous Santorini without electricity

Santorini, one of Greece’s main tourist destinations has been left without electricity after explosion at power station. The blaze occurred on Tuesday morning causing an electricity outage and a total black out. Towards the evening the power was partly restored in very few areas. Residents,  hoteliers, taverna and bar owners …

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Athens: Mayor Kaminis attacked by angry protesters

Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis came under physical attack late Sunday afternoon, while he was leaving a meeting of the Confederation of Greek Municipalities (KEDE).  The mayor was beaten with fists and he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.  At the time of assault, several municipality unionists had …

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OECD – Bank of Greece: conflicting predictions on recession & unemployment

There must be something rotten in the economic reports, predictions and forecasts concerning Greece. While locals, like the Bank of Greece see “light at the end of the tunnel”, internationals like the OECD seem to see that this light belongs to a train… The Organization for Economic Cooperation and development …

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Energa, Hellas Power scandal: four executives free on bail

Four out of six executives of private electricity providers Energa and Hellas Power were released on bail on Friday after paying amounts of 50,000 up to 200,000 euro. The four were arrested six months ago with charges including money laundering, embezzlement and breach of faith. The executives of the first …

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Greek Gov’t trick: Give a new name to “Emergency Property Tax”

Renaming “meat into fish” does not change anything. It’s still meat. However, Greece’s coalition government leaders decided to invent a new formula how to keep collecting the “emergency property tax” which turns permanent after Troika pressures. On Wednesday night, Prime minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) …

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Third Greek official resigns in phantom power plant charges

Development ministry general secretary Spyros Eystathopoulos resigned on Monday morning. Eystathopoulos’ resignation is the third in the context of the scandal of a phantom power plant in Aliveri that cost Greek Public Power Company (DEH) a loss of 100 million euro. Head of Greek privatisation fund, Takis Athanasopoulos, and the general secretary …

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Athens: PPC cuts electricity to IKA branch due to outstanding debts

Greek Public Power Company (DEH) cut on Tuesday morning the electricity supply to IKA branch in Acharnes suburb due to outstanding debts. Unconfirmed information claim the debts reach several thousands of euro. Speaking to news portal NewsIt, the branch director said they were looking into the problem of power outage. …

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Athens: Citizens protest exorbitant electricity bills

Several hundreds of angry citizens gathered outside the headquarters of Greek Public Power Company (DEH)to protest the new hikes in electricity and the attached “emergency property tax” that skyrocket the end amount Greeks have to pay month in, month out. Banner: “We pay nothing, we owe nothing” “I dont’ pay any …

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Greek PPC electricity hikes: 8.6%-9.2% for households, 10-12% for commercial use

Greek Public Power Corporation raised electricity bills 8.6%-9.2% for private households and 10%-12% for commercial, industrial and agricultural use. The hikes will be in effect retroactives from 1. January 2013, while two additional increases will occur within the next six months.                   The hikes refer to energy cost, fee and CO2 emission rights …

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Greek Public Power Company to increase welfare levy and fatten electricity bill

I see it coming sooner than we thought: electricity bills will reach exorbitant heights that we, average Greeks won’t be able to pay. We will be obliged to spend our nights with romantic candle lights, cook on a gas stove and wash our clothes per hand – not to mention …

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