Heating subsidy overhauled

The government is creating a fairer, albeit more complex, system for the disbursement of the annual heating subsidy for households, placing greater emphasis on areas with colder weather.

The new system is based on a study carried out by the National Meteorological Service, which established different heating requirements across 13,500 cities, towns and villages in Greece.

Meanwhile, the heating subsidy will as of this year be handed out not just to heating oil consumers but also to households that use natural gas, while the residents of mountain villages with a population up to 2,500 people will receive subsidies for the purchase of firewood and heating pellets.

According to the new system, mountain villages - regardless of whether they are in Central Greece, the Peloponnese or Macedonia - will enjoy higher subsidies, as their heating requirements are greater....

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