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Greek Business File

Shipping and Energy: two converging worlds?

Greece is a country where shipping has always played a central role since ancient times due to the dominance of the Greek language and the renowned seamanship of its people. In recent years, international shipping has been faced with increasing challenges on the energy front, starting from the IMO-mandated reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2030 and going towards carbon-neutral situation as soon as possible after 2050. The goal is to satisfy the Paris Agreement concerning the acceptable upper [...]

July 18th, 2021|Greek Business File|

MAKVEL: The science of making great pasta

by Vicky Kaliakou Εverybody likes pasta: delicious, easy to cook, healthy, inexpensive and long-term storage product. According to the International Pasta Organisation, in 2019 worldwide consumption was at 16.5 million tonnes, up from 7 million in 1999. The pandemic gave an even bigger boost to this trend. Greece is the 4th biggest pasta consumer in the world with 11.4kg per capita per year, following world champion Italy with 23.1kg, Tunisia 17kg and Venezuela 12kg. Not surprised? Check this out: in 2019 [...]

July 11th, 2021|Greek Business File|

Marina Lambraki – Plaka: “Be realist, look for the impossible”

She is in charge of the National Art Gallery for almost 30 years. She has tirelessly worked for the expansion of the Gallery, the renovation of its building, to bring art closer to the people. Under her leadership, the Gallery has known unprecedentedly successful exhibitions such as “From Theotokopoulos to Cézanne”, “El Greco, identity and transformation”, “The Light of Apollo, Italian Renaissance and Greece”, “Athens-Munich”, “Athens-Paris”, to mention just a few. Marina Lambraki – Plaka is the “beating heart” of [...]

July 2nd, 2021|Greek Business File|

Getting away with murder? The new Greek penal code

Recently the Europarliamentarian Yannis Lagos was stripped of his political asylum and sent to Greek jail. Last year he had been tried and found guilty –along with many others– for running “a criminal organization”, namely the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party… However, at present and as the law stands, Yannis Lagos does not lose his seat in the Europarliament. Nor does he lose his monthly salary. If he could travel, he would still be able to vote. For this ridiculous [...]

June 27th, 2021|Greek Business File|

Kostas Fragogiannis: Invest in Greece, reach Europe

In an interview to George Vailakis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Diplomacy Kostas Fragogiannis describes the methods to attract foreign investments in Greece, the big projects in place, the ones in the pipeline and the partnerships of the Greek state with the knowledge-intensive Greek communities of the Diaspora Why do big companies want to invest in a country like Greece? What are the most important conditions investors look for? Some companies might want to invest in Greece to gain [...]

June 19th, 2021|Greek Business File|

Dimitrios Fafalios: Seafarers are key workers and must be protected

Some 90% of all goods traded globally travel by ship. On the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of seafarers were trapped on board for months. They provide a valuable service to national economies, yet they are poorly protected. Dimitrios Fafalios, Chairman of the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) describes as “extremely disappointing” the vaccination programme for seafarers in an interview to Antonis Karamalegkos. What do you think about the ongoing vaccination programme for seafarers? In two words, [...]

June 11th, 2021|Greek Business File|

The May/ June 2021 issue of Greek Business File is out

Shipping, Greece’s powerhouse, is asked to change course for the sake of its people and the planet. The May/ June 2021 issue of Greek Business File (GBF) looks into the new landscape created in the post pandemic era and by the new environmental rules. • Dimitrios Fafalios, chairman of the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo), talks about the “exremely disappointing” vaccination program for seafarers, the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on the dry bulk market, the IMO2020 regulations [...]

June 9th, 2021|Greek Business File|

Crayfish of Lake Polyfytos: It’s all about good taste!

by Symela Touchtidou Subtle taste – a rare delicacy from an unexpected place. Western Macedonia, located in northwestern Greece, is the only landlocked Region of the country. It is mainly known for its coal industry and secondly for its agricultural products. Lately, though, another industry is emerging: the freshwater fishing industry. Lake Polyfytos Created for electricity production, meant to outlive it. In its core, the Polyfytos artificial reservoir. It is a funny turnout of fate. Lake Polyfytos is an artificial [...]

May 27th, 2021|Greek Business File|
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