A few days ago, we wrote that as long as the Minister for the Environment and Energy Kostis Hatzidakis and the Deputy Minister for Spatial Planning and Urban Development Dimitris Oikonomou are part of the Mitsotakis government, the voters that New Democracy gained in the last election will certainly go back to SYRIZA.
Developments are shocking and much more rapid than one would expect, since more and more negative “registered messages” about Kostis Hatzidakis keep arriving at the Maximos Mansion, addressed to the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis himself.
It would be no exaggeration to claim that Kostis Hatzidakis has turned the whole society – literally everyone – against him or rather, to be precise, against the government.
It is hard for the average citizen, the Greek businessmen, and even the foreign investors to grasp how in a modern European country ministers can turn their ministries into no-go zones, even for their superiors – in this case, the prime minister himself. In any case, the accurate description of Kostis Hatzidakis’s deeds as a minister – because Greece, apart from being a European country, it is a Balkan one too – is that he has literally turned his ministry into a personal “fiefdom”, completely disregarding the central planning of Maximos Mansion and the consequences that his actions might have on the government’s status. It makes one wonder: What does the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, have to say about what is happening? Doesn’t he see or listen? Isn’t he worried about the government’s work being undermined? Is he disinterested in his personal prestige? Does he have anything to say about the de facto cancellation of the so-called pro-environmental and pro-investment agenda of the government, which is largely due to Kostis Hatzidakis – at least in the field of energy -? What is the Prime Minister’s opinion on the incomprehensible strategy followed by Kostis Hatzidakis in his ministry, a strategy that works as a deterrent to the activity of foreign investors in our country?
Beware: This is not an opportunity for experimentation or the implementation of personal strategies that ultimately benefit specific interests. The country recently came out of the memorandum era and was immediately caught in the cyclone of the pandemic, which brought along severe health, social, and economic crises. Mistakes are no longer allowed. Tolerance of personal strategies that ultimately undermine the attraction of investments will turn out disastrous.
The Ministry of the Environment and Energy is a crucial ministry. A ministry that, in theory, holds one of the keys to the country’s recovery. And yet, Kostis Hatzidakis undermines not only the government’s general investment policy, but eventually the country’s recovery as a whole.
In the field of energy, Hatzidakis’s choices highlight the one and only reality: Lack of strategy, lack of orientation, lack of actions for the implementation of the National Energy and Climate Plan.
Regarding the environment, the hot issue of off-plan construction is becoming a new “Waterloo”, due to the competent deputy minister Dimitris Oikonomou.
Meanwhile, there is a lot being heard and also a lot being revealed about suspicious manipulations in the field of recycling, with the notorious “Blue Bins” being in the spotlight.
We recently wrote about the case of renewable energy sources (RES). There, Hatzidakis, through the way he chooses to “save” the PPC (Public Power Corporation), he creates a “black hole” for the funds of RES, thus enhancing the possibility of burdening the domestic market through the imposition of a special levy, and at the same time he raises great concern among foreign investors, who, in fact, have already strongly protested to the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as they claim that the state is allegedly violating signed contracts related to their investments.
Apart from the above, we’re informed that farmers are preparing to literally camp outside Hatzidakis’ ministry – perhaps even during the lockdown, though it may sound unrealistic – due to the de facto abolition of investments by agricultural cooperatives in solar farms.
Aside from Kostis Hatzidakis, who will probably be transferred by Kyriakos Mitsotakis to another ministry in the next cabinet reshuffle and will be demoted under the weight of all the aforementioned, another person who is expected to become the subject of criticism and possibly shocking revelations is the Secretary-General for Energy, Alexandra Sdoukou, who is said to be following a personal agenda. However, the personal agenda that she follows seems, in fact, to be favoring specific interests and, as a result, a storm of reactions has broken out in the background, which has inevitably reached Maximos Mansion.
In any case, it is claimed by some that shocking revelations are coming. And guess who’s going to lose hard, if he does not take immediate initiatives: the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis himself.