The Greek government submitted a draft bill to the Parliament for adoption, thus opening the way for the state-controlled Public Power Corporation (PPC) to start the sale of its coal-fired power plants in May, a move strongly opposed by workers who have already threatened to hold strikes in protest.
According to the draft bill, the tender for the sale of coal-fired units must be launched before 31 May. Thermal power units Meliti I, Megalopoli III and IV, a construction permit for Meliti II, as well as lignite mines associated with these lignite-fired facilities have been included on the sale list. GENOP-DEH, PPC’s main labor union, which considers the planned sale a national crime, has threatened to start 48-hour strikes once the bill is submitted to the Parliament.
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