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ACCI has been a strong, useful and effective consultant on Greece’s development in entrepreneurship and growth.

In this context, we have decided to renew our web site, enriching both its structure and content.

ACCI’s new web portal is a tool that will allow us to improve the quality of our services to our member companies, but also develop modern communication channels with anyone interested.

Through these pages you can have direct access to useful information, such as our latest news and upcoming activities.

We make serious efforts to support private initiative, environmental improvement and help raise activity in the enterprise arena, in order to achieve a stronger growth of our country and improvement of Greek enterprise competitiveness.

I welcome you to our new portal and I hope that its improved usability will create a more enjoyable experience for you.

Constantinos Michalos
ACCI’s President

ACCI has a mission to:

 

* Assist the Government in the fields of commerce, industry, services and general development policy. More specifically it:
o formulates specific opinions as well as making interventions in the government for all the promoted by the State statutes which are related with its activities
o innovates by first recording the priorities of total purchasing power and promotes them to the responsible people and authorities at the right time
o observes carefully the latest developments and gives rise to a new era of growth in the fields of commerce, industry and services while trying to minimize their disadvantages and strengthen their advantages
o contributes to the establishment of a positive atmosphere for cooperation, mutual confidence and information provision of the enterprise world

* Represent, support and promote entrepreneurship. More specifically it:
o systematically informs its members about developments in critical financial and business issues
o provides free information and consulting services to its member companies
o organizes events, meetings and conferences for the analysis of financial and individual sector-based issues
o organizes and participates in trade missions to and from foreign countries aiming to expand international economic relations
o conducts research surveys in order to support productive classes in the best possible way and informs its member companies
o cooperates with European and international organizations in order to inform of and promote the views of Greek companies
o organizes educational programs and seminars that promote human resources’ skills of its member companies
o regularly publishes informative documents thus upgrading its role and impact on the Greek enterprising community
o established and supports the annual Entrepreneurship Awards that aim to reward excellence and promote business activity by encouraging initiatives that contribute to Greece’s economic and social growth

* ACCI’s further actions, initiatives and interventions aim to:
o encourage and help individual enterprising initiative
o eliminate every kind of disincentives which prevent developmental initiatives
o create the appropriate conditions to attract and promote new investments
o strengthen enterprise competitiveness and Greek economy in general
o create a legislative and administrative environment that will guarantee effectiveness, transparency and healthy competition with equal terms and conditions for all
o help small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), so they can meet the requirements of the modern competitive environment
o promote research and technological development and help Greek enterprises to adopt them
o promote a more flexible labor market that will encourage employment enhancement in combination to the real needs of businesses
o support and strengthen Greek companies’ presence in international markets
o enhance educational system in order to meet market’s emerging needs
o promote the principles of corporate social responsibility and support environment-friendly business activities
o expand the range of services offered to its member companies

ACCI Views On Economic Development

ACCI acknowledges the positive performance and stability of Greek economy during the last years, with growth rates that are among the highest in the euro zone.

In addition, it recognizes the fact that investments, tourism and exports have increased their contribution in the Greek financial growth rate, which presents an important qualitative change.

However, despite the progress that has been achieved, ACCI considers that Greek economy still faces significant structural weaknesses which have to do with:

 

* The deviation of inflation from the average euro zone standards.
* The high levels of unemployment, especially among the young and the women, despite of the recent decrease.
* The continuous rise of current account deficit, despite the increase of tourism, shipping and export incomes.
* The problems of unfair competition.
* The fact that Greece rates as the country with the 4th highest degree of rigid labor legislation compared to other OECD members.
* Closed professions and governmental regulation of prices – wages that warp competition and place an extra burden on both companies and consumers.


In order to eliminate all these structural weaknesses, ACCI considers necessary the acceleration of reforms, aiming to:

 

* Create a new type of growth that will depend more on the production of internationally competitive products and services and less on individual consumption.
* The continuation of fiscal adjustment in order to achieve the goal of zero deficits by 2010.
* Create a more efficient state.

 

 

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