The outgoing president of Public Power Corporation (PPC), Takis Athanassopoulos, told Kathimerini in an exclusive interview yesterday that the company must remain under the state’s control and that the PPC unions are convinced that they should have a say in how the corporation is run. «The sector of electrical energy is the driving force for the economic development and social welfare of a country. In Greece, due to its small population and geopolitical position, there are significant possibilities for interconnection with other countries for the transmission of electrical energy, so in my view it is essential for PPC to remain under state control,» said Athanassopoulos. He added that opposition to the use of coal was not so innocent or spontaneous and wondered why unions as well as others «from outside» have believed for the last two or three decades that they should dictate what PPC’s policy should be. «All this has contributed to my complete disagreement with the heads of the unions,» admitted Athanassopoulos, who also said that he does not regret taking over at the Greek power company. Athanassopoulos officially hands over the reins to Arthouros Zervos tomorrow. »My advice to Arthouros Zervos would be to make decisions that are compatible with the long-term interest of the corporation, which in essence is none other than its permanent contribution to the economic growth and welfare of the country,» said the outgoing PPC chief.