Environment Minister meets with US envoyGreece
Athens News Agency
Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili met on Wednesday with the new US envoy to Athens Daniel Bennett-Smith who paid a courtesy visit to her ministry.
The two officials discussed the cooperation prospects between the two countries in the sectors of green growth, climate change and energy ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, with emphasis on renewable energy sources and energy conservation.
Birbili presented the new bill on the funding of environmental interventions, the Green Fund and the forest maps approval noting that it will be a tool for the exercise of environmental policy as well as forest wealth protection. The minister also underlined her ministry's priorities on urban revamping and interventions and the actions on upgrading existing buildings in the city. Moreover, a special reference was made to drinking water issues, with the emphasis on depleted chromium.
The US envoy expressed major interest on the Ministry's actions, noting that similar policies is following the American government. In this framework the two sides agreed to further improve their cooperation by exchanging their experience and knowhow.
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