Επιχειρηματική εκδήλωση Γραφείου ΟΕΥ Ελληνικής Πρεσβείας Βαρσοβίας (7/12/2010)

Πραγματοποιήθηκε στις 7 Δεκεμβρίου στη Βαρσοβία επιχειρηματική εκδήλωση απευθυνόμενη στους οικονομικούς εταίρους και συνεργάτες των ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων στην Πολωνία
Η εκδήλωση είχε ως στόχο την διερεύνηση δυνατοτήτων και προοπτικών ενίσχυσης και περαιτέρω προώθησης της οικονομικής και επιχειρηματικής συνεργασίας ανάμεσα στην Ελλάδα και την Πολωνία. 
Η φετινή εκδήλωση με θέμα ‘’ Global Crisis, Chances for Business Opportunities & Greek-Polish Economic & Entrepreneurial Cooperation’’, αποτελούσε συνέχεια αντίστοιχων εκδηλώσεων των προηγουμένων τριών ετών. Επιδίωξή της ήταν η ενημέρωση της τοπικής επιχειρηματικής κοινότητας – πολωνικής και ελληνικής – για την κατάσταση της ελληνικής οικονομίας, αλλά και για τις ευκαιρίες για ανάληψη επιχειρηματικών πρωτοβουλιών στην Ελλάδα και στην Πολωνία.
Σε σύντομο χαιρετισμό του πρέσβη Γαβριήλ Κοπτσίδη, στην έναρξη της εκδήλωσης, επισημάνθηκαν ως βασικοί στόχοι της εκδήλωσης, η επίτευξη μιας περισσότερο εποικοδομητικής οικονομικής συνεργασίας σε διμερές επίπεδο, η ενίσχυση της παρουσίας ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων στην πολωνική αγορά, καθώς και το ενδιαφέρον που παρουσιάζει η ανάληψη πολωνικών επενδυτικών πρωτοβουλιών προς την Ελλάδα.
Η βουλευτής και πρόεδρος της Επιτροπής Ελληνο-Πολωνικών Σχέσεων,
Iwonna Arent, χαιρέτησε την εκδήλωση, εκτιμώντας ότι συμβάλλει στη περαιτέρω ανάπτυξη των διμερών σχέσεων, καθώς η επιχειρηματική πρωτοβουλία διαθέτει μια δυναμική που συνδράμει και ενισχύει την προώθηση και των πολιτικών σχέσεων. 
Ο διευθυντής του Υπουργείου Οικονομίας, αρμόδιος για θέματα χωρών Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, M. Korowajcyk, επεσήμανε τις προόδους  που έχει επιτύχει μέχρι σήμερα η πολωνική οικονομία, καθώς και τις δυνατότητες που παρουσιάζει η χώρα του ως δυναμικός εμπορικός, επιχειρηματικός και οικονομικός εταίρος της Ελλάδος.  
Εκπρόσωποι επιχειρηματικών φορέων, όπως ο W. Szewko από πολωνικής πλευράς (Business Center Club) και ο Ι. Πατσιαβός από ελληνικής πλευράς (ΣΕΒ), εξέφρασαν την ικανοποίησή τους για την πραγματοποίηση της συγκεκριμένης εκδήλωσης και αναφέρθηκαν διεξοδικά στην συμβολή των φορέων που εκπροσωπούν στην ανάπτυξη και στην ανάγκη εξωστρέφειας των επιχειρήσεων.
Στο δεύτερο μέρος της εκδήλωσης έγιναν παρουσιάσεις :  
– από τον προϊστάμενο του Γραφείου ΟΕΥ της Πρεσβείας, Π. Γιαννούλη, Σύμβουλο ΟΕΥ Β’, σχετικά με την κατάσταση της ελληνικής οικονομίας, και τις θετικές δυνατότητες που αυτή επιφυλάσσει, παρά την κρίση, για τη δυνατότητα δυναμικής παρουσίας και προόδου  ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων στην πολωνική αγορά, καθώς και τις ικανοποιητικές προοπτικές περαιτέρω ανάπτυξής τους, 
– από τρεις εκπροσώπους ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων που δραστηριοποιούνται επιτυχώς στην Πολωνία, τον  Dan Nistor (Coca Cola 3E), τον Ν. Σμιρνόφ (Chipita) και τον Σ. Γεωργιάδη (Mantis), οι οποίοι υπογράμμισαν την επιτυχημένη παρουσία των επιχειρήσεών τους στην πολωνική αγορά και τη σημαντική τους ανάπτυξη στους τομείς δραστηριότητάς τους. 
Η εκδήλωση ολοκληρώθηκε με δεξίωση που παρέθεσε η Πρεσβεία προς τους συμμετέχοντες, με την παρουσία της πρέσβεως της Κύπρου, στελεχών ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων στην Πολωνία, καθώς και αντίστοιχων εκπροσώπων πολωνικών επιχειρήσεων που δραστηριοποιούνται στην Ελλάδα.
Το Γραφείο Τ’ύπου συνέβαλε στην προβολή της εκδήλωσης, πραγματοποιώντας μεταξύ άλλων, σε συνεργασία με το Γραφείο ΟΕΥ, ειδικές συναντήσεις με οικονομικούς συντάκτες και διευθυντές πολωνικών ΜΜΕ.
 

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PM George Papandreou in 100 Top Global Thinkers

Prime Minister George Papandreou has been included in this year’s edition of the Foreign Policy magazine Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2010.
Papandreou ranks 79th and, according to the special report on the December issue of the magazine, was selected “for making the best of Greece’s worst year.”
Billionaire philanthropists Warren Buffett and Bill Gates top the list this year followed by IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and World Bank President Robert Zoellick while US President Barack Obama is in third place.
Nicholas Christakis, a Harvard University social scientist, of Greek origin, is also included in the list, in 83rd place.
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

Acropolis Museum receives British award

The Acropolis Museum in Athens (see Photo Gallery) has won the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) prestigious global award for the Best Worldwide Tourism Project for 2010.
The prize was presented to Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiades, during a ceremony in London on November 7.
Nikitiades thanked the organizers and the travel writers who voted for the Acropolis Museum, noting that this distinction opens the door for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their home.
Nikitiades is currently in London with a Greek National Tourism Organisation delegation to participate at the World Travel Market fair, taking place from November 8 to 11.
Greek News Agenda (29.10.2010) Acropolis Museum: Best Overseas Tourism Project

PM George Papandreou in “Foreign Policy” Magazine

Prime Minister George Papandreou in an in-depth interview in the American magazine Foreign Policy (July 19) explained the reasons behind the crisis and the measures taken by his government in order to tackle it.
He stressed that with the support of the European Union, Greece decided against defaulting, which would cause insurmountable problems especially for the banking institutions in Greece and Europe alike.
He recognized that there was a lack of transparency; there was a lot of money that was lost, wasted, through a huge bureaucracy and patronage. Nevertheless, he highlighted that “we’re committed to changing the situation.
My government, for example, has now brought in laws such as total transparency in all signatures in the public sector, putting more and more tax reform resources and contracts online.”
The premier empathised with Greeks’ sentiments of unhappiness and pain, but “the wide majority of the people realize that we needed to make changes that were long overdue in our country, such as making governance much more responsible, and running the country much more transparent.”
Finally, he debunked recent media stereotypes of Greeks being lazy and concluded saying that: “we’ve seen in this crisis is that we need more Europe, not less…[ ]
…We need to find global governance and we need to find it based on some common values on which we can agree – democratic values.”
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

“You in Greece” campaign – Facts about Greece

  Facts about Greece

· Greece is a safe country

Supportive data: According to Legatum Prosperity Index, Greece faces comparatively few security challenges. Domestic security is favorable. Moreover, according to Eurostat, Greece is a country with a relatively low rate of criminality. The feeling of security is well established in society.
· Greece is an attractive destination.
This comes not only due to its physical beauty but mostly due to the “value for money” relationship in the provided services.
Supportive data: According to a poll, conducted in a population of 1200 people,52% of the sample believes that the quality of travel services offered in Greece are of very good standard and 42% believes that the travel services offered in Greece rival those offered in other touristdeveloped tourist markets.

· Greece is a western democracy and the majority of Greek society supports government policy.
Supportive data: A recent research conducted by Kapa Focus research company on behalf of the weekly Newspaper ‘To Vima’, shows that 55,2% of Greeks support the austerity measures imposed by the Greek Government.
·  Demonstrations are strictly local and limited events/occurrences. They take place mostly in the center of Athens, in a specific and controlled area. The mainland regions and the islands of the Greek Archipelago, where the vast majority of tourists go, are not affected at all.
Supportive data: According to Eurostat, Greece is a favourite destination. Especially, in South Aegean and Ionian Islands, it appears that 48.168 stays and 33.304 per 1000 citizens took place, a proof of satisfaction for the Greek touristic product.
· Greece is a tourist country and Greeks know the importance of hospitality.
Supportive data: Zeus, the King of the Greek Gods, according to the Greek Mythology, named as Xenios (the one who offers hospitality) Zeus.
·  The overall number of demonstrations in Greece is lower than the E.U average.
Supportive data:All demonstrations occurred in Athens, in specific and isolated areas. In their vast majority they were peaceful.

· The picture that global media paint is, to say the least, in many cases exaggerating. In many occasions, library images were re-broadcasted as live feeds.
Supportive data: Greece is a pluralist, democratic western European country. Media freedom is protected and encouraged. During the last two weeks Greece hosted more than 300 foreign journalists.
(Greek National Tourism Organisation)

PM George Papandreou Interview at “Politique Internationale”

Few countries have suffered from the global economic crisis as much as Greece. Not only did it feel the full force of the financial earthquake, but it also found itself under attack by international speculators.
Today, as the IMF and the European Union prepare to help, the country is licking its wounds and trying to understand how things got so bad.
George Papandreou is not the last to ask the question. Elected prime minister in October 2009, the leader of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) is fiercely critical of the previous center-right New Democracy administration, which he believes is guilty of setting up a system of cronyism and of knowingly underestimating the public debt and budget deficit. But the new head of government is an energetic man.
In this exclusive interview, he outlines his strategy for resolving his country’s daunting problems.
http://www.politiqueinternationale.com/revue/article.php?id_revue=127&id=901&content=synopsis

PM George Papandreou at the White House

» Meeting with Obama

Prime Minister George Papandreou met with US President Barack Obama in Washington yesterday.
After the meeting Papandreou said that the US is willing to work with the European Union to regulate the international financial system so speculators cannot target countries with troubled economies.
The premier said  that the issue of speculation will be discussed at the G20 summit in Canada, in June. The two leaders also discussed foreign policy issues such as the Cyprus issue, the integration of Western Balkans into Euro-Atlantic institutions, as well as Greece’s relations with Turkey.

» Visa Waiver

Furthermore, the US side announced that Greece will be included in the ‘visa waiver’ programme, thus enabling Greek citizens to travel to the US without a visa.
Papandreou termed the visa waiver “a vote of confidence” to Greece and noted that the Greek government is determined to respond to its obligations and cooperate closely at international level on the tackling of terrorism.

Kathimerini daily: US joins fight against speculators
The White House: Honouring Greek Independence Day (21.35mins)

» Papandreou’s Op-ed

In an op-ed published in the International Herald Tribune (IHT), Papandreou notes that the Greek case is not an outlier, but one more flare-up in a broken system of financial regulation and predatory behaviour.
“If global economic growth is to be sustainable, we need better coordination and greater solidarity between nations… We must now establish and enforce clear rules to contain the inordinate power of markets over our national economies and our common currency – not for Greece’s sake, but for Europe’s,” he stresses.
Prime Minister’s website: Meeting with President Barack Obama: Prime Minister’s statement ; Brookings Institution: Prime Minister’s speech & YouTube: PM’s speech at Brookings Institution  
New York Times & International Herald Tribune: Prime Minister’s article “Greece is not an island“; Hellenic Finance Ministry: Newsletter Updating Greek Fiscal Measures  
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)