Bavaria: Söder travels to Athens with a group: focus on energy

Part of the CSU parliamentary group, together with Prime Minister Söder, will be in Greece for four days.

Bavaria: Söder travels to Athens with a group: focus on energy

Part of the CSU parliamentary group, together with Prime Minister Söder, will be in Greece for four days. The head of government is hoping for new partnerships for gas and electricity supply.

Munich/Athens (dpa/lby) - CSU leader and Prime Minister Markus Söder will travel to Greece on Wednesday with around 50 members of his parliamentary group. "The meeting with the Greek Prime Minister is particularly important to me. I've known him for a long time," Söder told the German Press Agency in Munich on Wednesday.

In addition to the diverse cultural and human relationships, we want to start an energy dialogue," emphasized Söder. Greece is building a liquid gas terminal in the port of Alexandroupolis. "There may be joint potential for renewable energies and for liquid gas, which could then also be used in Bavaria via pipelines ."

Söder emphasized that in view of the current situation with high energy prices and concerns about future security of supply, "all options" must be used to strengthen "Bavaria's southern routes". "Everything south and south-east of Bavaria is relevant. We have a bridging function for the whole of Germany."

In general, it is important for him: "For a secure energy supply, we have to use all potential." This also applies to joint energy projects with other countries. "It would also be worth considering, for example, whether a joint solar park for joint electricity production could be launched," said Söder.

In addition to Mitsotakis on Thursday, the CSU parliamentary group also wants to meet President Katherina Sakellaropoulou and Parliament President Konstantinos Tasoulas. The four-day trip also includes a visit to the refugee camp in Attica.

"Traditionally, the relationship between Bavaria and Greece has always been very good," said Söder. It was a bit of a challenge during the euro crisis, but that eased again - "particularly because the new government is pursuing a solid and serious financial course."

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