Greece will continue to utilize lignite while, at least until 2020, it does not plan to include nuclear energy in its energy planning, declared Development Minister Christos Folias www.ana-mpa.gr/en/biogr/folias_christos.html after the first informal meeting under the French European Union Presidency of the council of ministers of Environment and Energy.
To a question on Greece's position concerning nuclear energy and the attempt on the part of France to promote the advantages of constructing nuclear power stations he responded "our position is clear. Of course France has a long tradition with nuclear power stations and it is natural that it should want to sell them. I want to make clear yet again that nuclear power is not included in Greek energy planning up to the year 2020". According to the Development Minister "the great strategy that we have forged is the attempt to develop renewable energy sources."