Thursday March 5, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
20o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Some 30,000 households a month have power supply cut

By Yiannis Elafros

About 1,000 electricity connections are cut every day in Greece as Public Power Corporation customers are increasingly unable to pay their power bills on time, while accumulated debts to the country’s electricity giant stood at more than 1.3 billion euros at the end of 2012. This is not only due to the economic crisis that has eaten into household incomes, but also to the special property tax paid via power bills.

PPC data show that some 700,000 customers had had their debts rearranged with new payment plans by the end of last year, up from 400,000 at the end of 2011. The situation is set to deteriorate this year due to the increase in PPC rates and expected further reductions in household incomes.

The corporation’s customer service offices are filled with people on a daily basis as they seek to get new payment plans or to have their houses reconnected by paying a part of their debt. PPC data point to a great share of the 30,000 houses and companies whose supply is cut off every month being reconnected a few days later.

There is, however, a particular problem with the special property tax. While the Council of State has banned the disconnection of houses for not paying the property charge through the PPC bill, if customers do pay for their electricity, PPC’s software cannot distinguish between payment for the property tax and that for electricity. As a result, the corporation cannot tell whether consumers have paid toward their power bill or just a part of their property tax unless they have paid the full amount.

One such incident that came to Kathimerini’s attention occurred a couple of weeks ago in Nea Smyrni, south of central Athens. An elderly couple had their supply cut off despite having paid for their electricity costs, but not the property tax. When they contacted their local PPC office they were told the problem was due to previous property tax debts, and that to get reconnected they would have to pay a significant part of the tax.

PPC says that this problem can be overcome by the taxpayers visiting the tax offices, where they can apply to have their property levy paid separately to the tax authority, which involves the payment of a 50-euro deposit. Afterward, any payment delay will only concern the customer and the tax office, and not PPC.

Nevertheless many PPC consumers have not yet been informed of this option, leading to a number of families across Greece being left without electricity supply. Meanwhile there are also a number of citizens’ movements against the charge of 50 euros as a deposit.

ekathimerini.com , Sunday April 7, 2013 (21:29)  
Industrial products offset agricultural exports’ losses
BoC disposing of 41 properties across Greece
RAE offers gift to natural gas power plants
Emergency intervention by BoG to acquire T-bills
Police, ministry dodge blame for migrants order
The Greek Police and the Interior Ministry on Wednesday both dodged the blame after new police guidelines on migration control were issued and then revoked within a few hours following a veh...
Speaker says laws may not stand
Parliament Speaker Zoe Constantopoulou suggested on Wednesday that some laws voted by less than 151 of 300 MPs when Golden Dawn MPs being held in pretrial custody were not allowed to cast ba...
Inside News
SOCCER
Super League restarts, but behind closed doors
Deputy Minister for Sports Stavros Kontonis announced on Wednesday the resumption of the Super League this weekend after it was suspended last week following crowd trouble at the Athens derb...
SOCCER
Marinakis fines Olympiakos players
Olympiakos president Evangelos Marinakis on Monday fined the team 500,000 euros for disappointing performances and called on them to make a «sacrifice» to win trophies or leave. "Olympiakos ...
Inside Sports
FOCUS
Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
Strapped for cash and under pressure to deliver on reforms, Greece's new radical government has ruffled feathers in Brussels by not respecting the diplomatic niceties of the negotiating tabl...
COMMENTARY
Up the creek without a paddle
One of the issues that dominated the country’s pre-election debate was whether SYRIZA, which eventually won the vote, had worked out a plan B. It was clear from the start that its much-hyped...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Industrial products offset agricultural exports’ losses
2. BoC disposing of 41 properties across Greece
3. RAE offers gift to natural gas power plants
4. Emergency intervention by BoG to acquire T-bills
5. Valavani offers debt penalty write-off
6. Police, ministry dodge blame for migrants order
more news
Today
This Week
1. Up the creek without a paddle
2. Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
3. Panousis says no official decision on undocumented migrants
4. For Greece, a lesson from Ireland, Kenny says
5. More Germans booking holidays in Greece, tourism chief says
6. ECB glimpse of Cyprus debt shows limits of bank cleanup
Today
This Week
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. A fierce battle looms
3. SYRIZA feeling the pain
4. The Greek tax drama
5. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
6. Tsipras reversal draws Greek sympathy as party rumblings rise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.