Buyer Beware - again

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Buyer Beware - again

Postby Carolina » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:45 pm

Here’s a new one to watch out for.

A new Environment Ministry bill on construction licenses and semi-enclosed balconies will be tabled in Parliament in spring. At present civil engineers submit a formal declaration, in which they state that the construction of the building comports with the terms and design-drawings of the building license. Under this system many semi enclosed balconies are made into rooms, while basements are transformed into flats or bedsits, without licences or checks.
Under this proposed bill owners of new buildings will be required to call the Town Planning Authority for inspection one year after the building is completed to ensure that properties are built to plan, otherwise the PPC (Public Power Corporation - DEH) will cut off the electricity supply.

Will it work in Crete I wonder??

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Postby paulh » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:33 am

How is that supposed to work under the deregulation of electricity supply which is due to come in for households on July 1st (by EU and Greek law).

Theoretically ΔΕΗ will no longer be the sole supplier and so it could be just bypassed

Seems like the proposed bill has not been thought out properly

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Postby Carolina » Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:30 pm

Good point Paul. If it happens. May be they could enforce it with other suppliers?

And from the previous thread about electricity connections - cutting off what electricity supply after a year!?

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Electricity supply

Postby filippos » Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:16 am

Isn't it the case that ΔΕΗ will still be the generator, distributor and maintainer of the electricity supply with the alternative suppliers, in effect, buying from them at wholesale prices before selling on at their own retail rate. ΔΕΗ will still control the physical supply so, presumably will be able to cut it off.

Isn't it much the same in the UK where there are precious few generators but dozens of so called suppliers? If someone gets cut off for whatever reason it's still the generator that does the cutting.

Filippos.

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Postby paulh » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:54 pm

This is such a grey area and the concept of the governmental power (no pun intended) wielded through DEH is totally alien to the way electricity, a commodity, is supplied elsewhere in Europe that it is easy to make the wrong assumption but supposing it has to follow "European" rules then if you choose to take electricity from a French supplier then your contract is only with that French supplier. Yes the electric would be carried by DEH etc. as you say and theoretically they could come in and disconnect but then there would be an unsustainable legal position where a contract between 2 parties between whom there is no dispute can be affected by a third party (DEH) with whom there is no contractual basis. It would be a European legal nightmare effectively making the unusual (in Europe) Greek system effective across European countries where there are supposed to be no trade barriers. Whats also interesting is that the "French" supplier would be as powerful if not more powerful than DEH and they would have a vested interest in seeing DEH's power to interfere broken, something that cannot happen in Greece at the moment because the DEH is too powerful and too entwined in/with Government

Lets also understand that there are many Greeks too who would love to see the power wielded through the DEH reduced to that of supply and demand like other commodities.

Having said all of that a) it doesn't affect me and b) nothing in Greece would truly surprise me so it could happen that way

paul


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