As of the end of June, the public power company DEI is owed about 1.7 billion euros, which it intends to claim back through the courts.

Prior to the introduction of the special tax on electrified real estate (EETIDE) in 2012, unpaid electrical bills amounted to less than 300 million euros.

As a result though many customers were unable to pay the tax and ended up not paying their electricity bills at all. Even though the government later tried to improve the tax, customers were still unable to pay as necessary.

Based on DEI’s data, unpaid bills amounted to 1.4 billion euros at the start of tηe year and increased to 1.7 billion by the end of June. About 950 million euros is attributed to households, 430 million euros to high voltage users and a further 180 million euros is owed by the greater public sector.

At this rate, the power company has estimated that unpaid bills will amount to 2 billion euros by the end of the year. In order to curb this increase, DEI has assigned the collection of 20,000 unpaid bills to experienced legal service providers.