Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statement following his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Gordan Grlić Radman (Pula, 21.01.2022)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statement following his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Gordan Grlić Radman (Pula, 21.01.2022)[Greeting in Croatian]
Dear Gordan, with your permission, I will now continue in English, that is as far as I can go [in Croatian]. It is such a great pleasure for me to visit Croatia for the third time in a short period of time. And my Prime Minister, Prime Minister Mitsotakis, is going to visit Croatia as well within a few weeks’ time.

The pace of these meetings bears witness to the outstanding bilateral bonds that Greece and Croatia have built. And I have to say that I want to thank you all for appreciating the role of the Greek companies in infrastructure for creating a better future for Croatia.

Earlier today, thanks to your kind invitation, I had the opportunity to participate in the Conference on the future of Europe. I was glad to have had the opportunity to engage with students, with Europe’s next generation, Europe’s future and hope.

During our discussions we had the opportunity to address common challenges, and I have repeatedly underlined that the issues we are facing are mostly not national issues, but European issues that should be addressed by the EU countries all together, for example migration.

I want to use this opportunity to reiterate Greece’s full support for Croatia’s bid to join Schengen, the Eurozone, as well as the OECD. And I have to express our deep appreciation that you have joined the EU MED9.

We discussed our economic cooperation. It goes very well, but we can do more.

And also, we reaffirmed our strong commitment, as EU partners and Allies, to our common values and principles, as well as our common vision for security, stability and prosperity in Southeastern Europe.

We, Greece and Croatia, stand for International Law and good neighborly relations.

And I had, in this respect, the opportunity to underline that for Greece, the integration of the Western Balkans in the European family constitutes a one-way street. As we were the first country of the region to join the then EEC, forty years ago, we feel we have a moral duty to help those still left outside Europe. We fully support the convening of the first intergovernmental conference with Albania and North Macedonia, sooner rather than later.

Yesterday, I was visited in Athens by the Kosovar Foreign Minister, Donika Gervalla-Schwarz. I encouraged her to continue the efforts undertaken in the framework of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. We believe that progress in this dialogue will bring the region closer to Europe. And I passed a clear message, that we support the efforts of the EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajčák. This is also the message that my Prime Minister, Prime Minister Mitsotakis, will carry to Belgrade where we will be travelling next week.

Unfortunately, today we also focused our discussions in the very worrying developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I had the opportunity to stress to Gordan my impression that the Western Balkans’ countries should develop good neighbourly relations with the countries of the broader region. But also, they should avoid falling into the trap of rolling back to 19th century practices, disguised nowadays as neo-ottoman or nationalistic ambitions; carried out by manipulating religious, historic and cultural affinities.

I would like to stress that Greece has no vested interest in Bosnia and Herzegovina apart from ensuring stability, prosperity and a European future for that country.  There should be no room for nationalism, there should be no room for neo-ottomanism. And we clearly understand the sensitivities of the Croats in Bosnia. We sincerely fear that the destabilisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina could easily spill over and affect the whole region. And we cannot allow this to happen.

That is the reason that I am very pleased to be here today and discuss with Gordan how we can address the phenomenon. Because together with Croatia, together with Gordan, and other like-minded states, we can work, also in the Council of Ministers, to ensure the long-sought European path for the Western Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina included.

I don’t bring news, news to you, by saying that an Agreement on the electoral law should be reached in Bosnia and Herzegovina sooner rather than later.

Dear Gordan, let me again thank you for your very warm hospitality, the very fruitful discussions. And I will see you on Monday in Brussels and again in a few days in Zagreb.

Thank you so much for your reception and your hospitality.
Thank you.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statements to the press following his participation in a panel discussion organised in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (Pula, 21.01.2022)

First of all, allow me to say that I feel quite at home. I come from Corfu, an island also on the South part of the Adriatic, an Ionian island, and Pula is very close to what I feel as home. Both as nature and as far as buildings are concerned.

So, Gordan, thank you so much for the honour to be here today. It is also a great pleasure to attend this discussion in the University of Pula with students on defence and security, which practically means on the future of Europe; our common home, our common house, our common future, our common destiny.   

This was an extremely important and fruitful dialogue because it gave us the opportunity to enlarge upon all issues of defence and security. Not just hardcore defence, but also challenges such as the pandemic, the hybrid threats, the cyber-security, legal and irregular migration, instrumentalisation of migration by various countries and actors along the region, in order to apply pressure to EU countries and the EU itself.

I think, if we would like to have a chance as Europe in the future, we have to conduct this dialogue with the young generation.

So, I have to say, my dear Gordan, you did the right thing. And if you’ll allow me, I will copy your proud example.

Thank you so much for the honour and the opportunity you gave me.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andreas Katsaniotis’ call with His Holiness the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (19.01.2022)

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andreas Katsaniotis, had today a telephone conversation with H.H.B. the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, on the occasion of the end of the Dodekaimeron (12 Days of Christmas).

During the conversation, the Deputy Minister expressed his cordial wishes and made special reference to the Greek Orthodox congregation in the Holy Land and the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre, who, for the second consecutive year, experienced this special period without the joy of the presence of pilgrims due to the current pandemic.

Mr. Katsaniotis assured His Beatitude that, for the Greek State the issues pertaining to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the preservation and safeguarding of its rights and privileges, to the strengthening and consolidation of the Holy Pilgrimages and the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre, to the Status Quo and to the Christian and, especially, the Greek Orthodox presence in the Holy Land, are issues of constant concern and keen interest. He also stressed that our country’s support towards His Beatitude, towards the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher is absolute, unanimous and selfless, contributing to its high pastoral and national mission which constitutes a guardian and a witness to the continuity of the Greek and Greek Orthodox presence in the region.

Concluding, the Deputy Minister expressed his intention to travel to Jerusalem in the near future, as soon as the epidemiological conditions shall allow it. On his part, His Beatitude expressed his gratitude for the well wishes and Greece’s sincere support.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ remarks at a Conference on the Future of Europe panel discussion “Setting the Stage for Tomorrow: Global and Regional Engagement of the European Union – Security and Defence Aspects” (Pula, 21.01.2022)

Dear Gordan,

Thank you so much, it is such a great pleasure to see you. May I also welcome the presence through video of the Vice-President of the EU Commission and may I please refer to Gordan’s acknowledgments of those present, because if I try to repeat them, I am sure I will forget at least half. But yet again, I have to say that I am very happy to be here today.

And if you allow me just a personal sub-note, I feel quite at home, I come from Corfu, a few hundred miles to the South. I am quite accustomed to the Adriatic environment and I love to be in this wonderful place, Pula.

Discussing and engaging with EU’s citizens, especially students and academia, on the core issues of our Union is indispensable for shaping our common future. And when Gordan invited me to co-host this event, I gladly seized the opportunity to participate. I even envied for organising such a series of events.

You know, a few months ago, I was discussing with a Commissioner on how the Commission and the institutions of the European Union envision organising this dialogue with European society on our common future. And they told me that they have created a platform in which citizens could interact with institutions of the European Union.

So I said what a nice idea. How many citizens, how many people have got into the platform and offered opinions? And they said 26.500. At that time, it sounded quite ok with me. But then I made the crucial questions: and can you please tell me, where they are coming from? And the answer was devastating. More than 20.000 were coming from Brussels. So it seems that part of this dialogue was being conducted in absentia of the European society.

So, what is being organised here today, Gordan, what you are organising in Croatia, I think it is exactly what needs to be done. And if you allow me I will propose to my Prime Minister who is going to visit you with me in a few days time, so you’ll have to see me again by the way, to copy. We have to discuss on our common home.

And I have to say that there is no need, really, discussing security and defence aspects of our Union to refer to the increased tensions and security issues we face around our periphery, our European periphery. You just have to listen to the news, there is not much more you have to do.  

Our security environment is that of strategic competition among many powers, among big powers, but also regional powers with aggressive posture. And one has also to take into account climate change, terrorism, hybrid threats, and other problems such as the pandemic, which was totally incomprehensible just three years ago.

And if you allow me to say that in this very complex environment, the EU, our Union, has one choice: to assume more responsibility for its own security, the security of the Member States and the security of the European citizens.
We have to acknowledge that in the past few years, the EU was and is trying to move forward in the field of security and defence.

The EU Global Strategy set a high level of ambition for the role we want to have in this increasingly complex world. And we have developed new analytical tools to assess threats and potential crises.

Through the Permanent Structured Cooperation, the PESCO, we are working on a vast array of projects to develop our capabilities and foster close cooperation among Member States. If you allow me to underline it is of such crucial importance.

Also, there are projects aspiring, for example developing a European corvette, a European battle tank, systems of maritime surveillance, cyber-security elements that would address challenges.

The European Defence Fund is provided with a significant budget aiming to directly support research and industry in Europe which could create long-term benefits for the European businesses.

A huge step, the Strategic Compass, which as Gordan said, we were discussing in Brest just last week, could take this effort to the next level. We have through this Compass, the opportunity to set clear objectives and concrete deliverables in order to be able to act globally and to ensure our own security.

And there is a need to offer a clear-eyed strategic perspective for the years to come. The need is there.

There is a rational question that may be asked and Gordan again referred to it: do we need it? Is all this thing necessary? Or we can just avoid it and just move forward as we are. And by the way, save lots of money. Can we rely on NATO? NATO is there, most of the EU countries, not all of them, are member-states.

Well, for us, Greece, and I’ll tell you we do have a security problem and a big one, this is not a real dilemma.

First of all, streamlined European defence initiatives also benefit NATO and benefit the Euro-Atlantic cooperation. We are not speaking about two antagonistic worlds. And also, they make defence under the European aspect and security issues more comprehensible to the average European citizen; and, if I may be allowed to say, to the younger generation of Europeans.

That is, in our eyes, in the eyes of the Greek Government, a stronger European defence, makes also NATO strong.

And also, the European Union may eventually provide a larger set of tools in order to become a security provider than NATO itself. And if you’ll allow me to say, soft power, which, as told, Europe has a lot, also counts as a security element.

We are in many fields able to promote peace and stability in an important way. And also, let us not forget in humility, Europe is one of the major economies of the world. And we can acquire a robust diplomatic presence and activity, if all of us put our act together.

And we have to acknowledge, that Europe is the biggest provider of humanitarian and development aid in the world by far. How successful we are, and how efficiently that is done, that is another question. And if you travel in Africa you’ll understand what I am speaking about. But yet again, if we just take numbers into account, we are ahead by far. And, if I may say, rightly so.

And also, we have an impressive network of partnership as Europe, which would help us create a crisis management capability by far ahead of anything else.

So, all these assets, if put in use, could eventually make the European Union a flexible, adaptable and efficient security provider in the 21st century and beyond. Able to act, where NATO maybe cannot act, because it has the ability to do so.

What we need in order to make our European Union a stronger geopolitical power is, in my humble opinion, first of all, the will to do so. The ambition to do so. But also, the ability to define our own priorities, shape our decisions under a common Foreign and Security Policy. This is what could make Europe’s security and defence efforts relevant in today’s world.

But, we also need to be realists. If we want to make the European Union a global player, we must start at home, and we must start in our neighbourhood. We need more unity and more solidarity. We have to take each other’s security problems very seriously at heart.

And, Gordan and myself, sitting in the Council of Ministers, know very well cases, in which that did not happen at all.

It is a challenge to ensure our common security, and this will be the defining aspect, as we move to what we hope will be European integration. Because, a more integrated European Union, will be a more confident European Union; and a more confident European Union will be a more secure European Union, able to provide also more security in the overall region.

In the face of the huge geopolitical challenges we are facing, it is certain that the European voice is needed. But, the European voice that will be taken seriously by all actors.

And allow me to say, I am sorry to admit that we are not there yet.

Thank you so much.

Sungrow et KarmSolar coopèrent sur le projet BESS microgrid pour le groupe Cairo 3A

LE CAIRE, 21 janvier 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sungrow, premier fournisseur mondial de solutions d’onduleurs pour les énergies renouvelables, a récemment signé un nouveau contrat BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) avec KarmSolar, le plus grand fournisseur égyptien d’énergie solaire du secteur privé. Sungrow fournira un onduleur solaire de 2,576 MWp et un système de stockage d’énergie de 1 MW/3,957 MWh pour construire un microgrid pour l’entreprise Cairo 3A Poultry. Lors de son déploiement en mai 2022, ce microgrid générera les ressources énergétiques nécessaires à cette grosse entreprise à partir de l’énergie solaire plutôt que de compter sur un générateur diesel et de brûler des combustibles fossiles.

Sungrow and KarmSolar build the microgrid for Cairo3A Poultry Company

L’Afrique du Nord dispose d’un énorme potentiel d’absorption d’énergie solaire grâce à un ensoleillement annuel. L’Égypte s’est également fixé comme objectif de produire 42 % de son électricité à partir de sources renouvelables d’ici 2035. Cependant, les projets de services publics à grande échelle ne sont pas faciles à sécuriser en raison de la pression pour obtenir d’énormes investissements et un soutien public. C’est pourquoi la tendance du marché est de suivre des projets plus modestes avec des résultats plus tangibles, tels que les projets ESS Solar Plus microgrid et hors réseau.

Sungrow participera à la construction d’un tel projet BESS microgrid à l’oasis d’Al-Bahariya. Sungrow offre la solution de stockage 1500 V Solar Plus : ST3956KWH(L)-1375UD. Comme tous les appareils sont intégrés, le système a moins d’unités et prend donc moins d’espace, et il est ainsi plus économique et plus simple à transporter, installer et à faire fonctionner. Équipée d’un EMS (Energy Management System), la procédure de post-maintenance est également simplifiée et intelligente. En outre, étant compatible avec les modules solaires bifaciaux, et en adoptant des systèmes de conversion de l’énergie de plus grande puissance (efficacité max. jusqu’à 99 %), ce système atteint un rendement plus élevé. Comme l’oasis d’Al-Bahariya est une dépression avec l’agriculture comme secteur principal, l’utilisation d’énergie propre a une importance sur le long terme pour la protection de l’environnement et le développement durable.

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Alvin Shi, directeur général de Sungrow pour la région MENA, a déclaré : « Le projet BESS Cairo 3A est le deuxième projet Sungrow réalisé en Egypte. Nous fournissons également la plus grande installation d’énergie et de stockage solaire pour la mine d’or de Sukari. Depuis des années, Sungrow s’efforce de répondre aux besoins de sécurité et de fiabilité de ses clients en lançant des microgrids sans carbone. Le projet 3A du Caire montre en quoi le microgrid pourrait bénéficier de manière significative au développement agricole durable et aux populations locales. »

Sungrow a désormais atteint une quantité considérable de capacité d’installation en Égypte. Alors que le marché égyptien des énergies renouvelables se développe continuellement et que le secteur du stockage de l’énergie se renforce, Sungrow va s’engager à fournir des solutions de haute qualité et des services sur mesure pour aider l’Égypte à réaliser une transition énergétique réaliste et rentable.

À propos de KarmSolar

KarmSolar, dont Électricité de France (EDF) est l’actionnaire stratégique, est à la tête de la croissance du marché privé de l’énergie solaire en Égypte, révolutionnant le marché solaire à travers des solutions innovantes et intégrées dans les secteurs résidentiel, industriel, agricole, commercial et touristique. Avec une expertise technique et financière unique, soutenue par la recherche et le développement interne, KarmSolar est leader du marché égyptien avec le plus grand portefeuille de projets privés d’énergie solaire.

À propos de Sungrow

Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. (« Sungrow ») est la marque d’onduleurs la plus lucrative au monde avec plus de 182 GW installés dans le monde en juin 2021. Fondée en 1997 par le professeur d’université Cao Renxian, la société Sungrow est dans la recherche et le développement d’onduleurs solaires avec la plus grande équipe de R&D dédiée de l’industrie et possède un large portefeuille de produits offrant des solutions d’onduleurs photovoltaïques et des systèmes de stockage d’énergie pour les applications utilitaires, commerciales et industrielles et résidentielles, ainsi que des solutions de centrales photovoltaïques flottantes internationalement reconnues. Avec une solide expérience de 24 ans dans le domaine photovoltaïque, Sungrow produit des installations électriques dans plus de 150 pays. Pour en savoir plus sur Sungrow, rendez-vous sur : www.sungrowpower.com.

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