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Parliamentary questions
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19 February 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-001011/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Maria Spyraki (PPE)
 Subject: Moving power supply network below ground

Serious power supply problems have been occurring in recent days, with constant outages in several areas of Attica and Evia, due mainly to trees falling on overhead cables. A definitive solution to the problem would be to relocate below ground the 240 000 km of cables supplying all urban and rural areas. However, the cost of this operation is estimated at around EUR 18 billion.

In the meantime,

the effects of climate change are expected to include increasingly frequent and intense weather events, increased tree size and longevity and larger amounts of dead wood as a result of higher temperatures.

Deciduous trees will also remain in leaf for longer as a result, increasing the risk of falling trees causing damage to power lines.

In view of this:

1. Can the Commission say whether it would be it possible to have some or all of the work on the underground network carried out as part of the National Recovery Plan, given that it would directly contribute to achieving greater resilience by protecting the communities concerned from the effects of climate change?

2. Have any EU-funded joint underground power supply and telecommunications projects been carried out in Europe that could also be suitable for Greece?

Original language of question: EL
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