Greek government buildings in bad shape; EU wants improvements

Greek government buildings are in bad shape, according to data provided by the Energy Ministry, as the European Commission ups the pressure on member states to set the good example by improving the energy efficiency of property accommodating public services.

Out of the some 100,000 buildings used by the Greek government across the country, just 200 have been included in programs upgrading their energy efficiency, Alexandra Sdoukou, Secretary General for Energy & Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment & Energy, told a parliamentary environmental committee.

"Out of this total number, there are listed, old buildings, buildings that have static and functional problems, that have been abandoned over time, buildings that are in traditional settlements, and do not meet energy efficiency regulations, even buildings that provide poor working conditions," she said.

About 17,000 of them have been issued energy efficiency certificates, though the majority are category C or below, with only a few that are A or A +.

Via EU funding reaching 700 million euros, Greece will move to upgrade the quality of these buildings with an energy class of B, or higher, stressed Sdoukou.

"It is the responsibility of the public authorities to set an example. Even though the overall impact may not be significant in absolute terms, public bodies need to play an important role in promoting the energy-efficient behavior of buildings," she added.