“After nine years of crisis there must be funds to restore the social fabric, to deal with extreme poverty, to support the unemployed and those in need. But this cannot be done with the leftovers of a primary budget surplus, a result of overtaxation. Nor with subsidized job positions in the public sector. The only way to distribute more funds to society is for wealth to be created through new investments to create job positions and incomes, broadening the tax base and the revenue of the pension system,” Constantinos Michalos, president of the Athens Chamber for Commerce and Industry (EBEA) said on Thursday in a ceremony for the EBEA Awards 2017.
Michalos highlighted that all success stories behind the awards prove that business activity in Greece has a present and a future but it is crucial to implement as soon as possible structural changes.
He added that it is highly positive and hopeful that all political parties agree on the issue. Further, he noted that it is impossible to attract investments, job positions and instill growth in the country without tax reduction and social insurance contributions. Completing structural reforms and promoting a radical of the public sector should be a priority he mentioned and went in to add that it is of paramount importance to deal with excessive legislation and offer SMEs the tools and incentives to invest in innovation and extroversion and dare to free universities from state monopoly, open roads of cooperation with the private sector to fund research and exploit innovation.
EBEA awarded Kleemann for its international and export activity, Vianex SA for research and innovation, Trikalinos Fish Roe for brand product, Re.De-Plan SA Consultants for environment and green development, OPAP for corporate responsibility, B&F Clothes for employment, Skroutz SA for electronic entrepreneurship, K&G Davaris – Evermore cruises for new businessman, Carpo for best developing SME, NanoViis for startup business, Stelios Kanakis for self-created businessman, Loulis Flour Mills for business and tradition.