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AUEB: Aspiring to be a European education hub

by Professor Vassilis Papadakis, Vice Rector of International Cooperation and Growth at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) The Athens University of Economics and Business is one of the most extrovert tertiary institution in Greece. Its impressive, for its size, Erasmus program, hosts more than 370 European students every year. To strengthen its international position it has adopted a new extroversion strategy. Professor Vassilis Papadakis, AUEB’s Vice Rector of International Cooperation and Growth explains: "Our institution has implemented [...]

January 18th, 2022|Greek Business File|

European ship financing on the “Procrustean bed” of environmental taxonomy

Dr. Anna Bredima (abredima@yahoo.gr) talks to Katalin Dobranszky-Bartus, Director of Economic and Financial Affairs at European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA, katalin.dobranszky@ecsa.eu)       Taxonomy comes from the Ancient Greek word “taxinomia”, meaning “the science of classification”. As there has been a steady retreat of the biggest world banks from shipping, the sector is in search of alternative sources of financing. Taxonomy will put in place a whole spate of technical requirements on shipping activities to qualify as “green” in [...]

January 11th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Democritus Racing Team: The future is electric

Interview by Afroditi Adrianou, chief of the Democritus Racing Team It was 2015, when a group of eight Industrial Engineering students of the Democritus University of Thrace, passionate about motorsports and mechanical engineering, founded the Democritus Racing Team. Sooner than anticipated, this small group grew into a 60-member formula student team. They named their first project “Argo”, after the famous mythical ship that was thought to be the strongest and fastest of its time. Argo is a racecar, powered by [...]

January 4th, 2022|Greek Business File|

The gig economy in Greece: perils and potential

by George Vailakis Today in the US, 30 million people base their main income on the “gig economy” and 67% of full-time employees would not turn down a second job in it. In the European Union, only 2% of adults in 15 member states and the United Kingdom derive most of their income from the gig economy. But, what is the current situation of gig economy in Greece? Nine days after efood company, the largest food delivery company in Greece, [...]

December 29th, 2021|Greek Business File|

KONVA: Small fish, big success

by Vicky Kaliakou Nearly two thirds of Europeans say they eat fishery products at least once a week. According to the EWG 2019 Economic Report for the EU Fish Processing Sector, turnover for 2016 was €31,810 million for 3,630 companies with 132,964 employees. In 2017, 3,462 companies reported €32,413 million turnover (a 2% increase) and 130,664 employees. With over 90 years of family business activity in Greece, KONVA SA (the company behind the brands “Trata” and “Flokos”) is one of [...]

December 22nd, 2021|Greek Business File|

“Wall of money” surging into the Greek real estate market

by Symela Touchtidou, @stouchtidou There used to be a good reason for choosing to live in Greece (other than the obvious ones, the weather and the landscape): affordable housing. Buying or renting a house in Greece used to be a “middle class thing”. Prices were at the lower end of the European market and the recent financial crisis (2010–2018) pushed prices even lower. The tide, though, has been turning the past two years. In Europe, house prices, and in fact [...]

December 9th, 2021|Greek Business File|

World Tourism Organization: Sustainability is not a luxury

Interview by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary – General of UNWTO to Symela Touchtidou Tourism, one of the most crucial sectors in the fight against climate change, found itself at crossroads, long before the pandemic hit. Its stakeholders (states, entrepreneurs, local communities and tourists themselves) are asked to make a decisive turn: change their ways or face the risk of causing irreversible damage to their beloved destinations. Tourism is one of the fastest growing and most resilient socio-economic sectors of our times. [...]

November 30th, 2021|Greek Business File|

The new employment landscape: Green jobs and occupations

by Dimitris Vergados, Director of Business Issues, Public and Media Communication at SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises   The term “climate crisis” has truly pervaded public dialogue recently, as it represents perhaps the most serious long-term threat on a planetary level. The experience of this past summer, with increasingly frequent reports about what is happening at the poles, the unprecedented droughts, fires and floods –and climate instability and environmental degradation in general– is once more ringing the alarm. The need [...]

November 8th, 2021|Greek Business File|
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