Spatial planning: Time to deliver”: The March/April 2021 issue of Greek Business File (GBF) is dedicated to a key instrument of a country’s development and investment.

Greece is a rare example of a European country that lacks a comprehensive and effective spatial planning system.

  • GBF looks into the 2020 “Modernization of urban and spatial planning legislation”. Efthimios Bakogiannis, Secretary General for Regional Planning and Urban Environment, presents the government’s policy for a horizontal intervention to provide environmental, growth and social support.

  • Rena Klambatsea, Associate Professor of the National Technical University of Athens and former General Secretary of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment, argues that the government’s law brings back “clientele, selective and nontransparent practices and conditions that do not provide legal security for neither citizens nor investors”.

Additional to the political debate, the Cover story of GBF looks into some crucial practical aspects of the spatial planning framework:

  • in the dynamic sector of Logistics, that is booming thanks in part to the pandemic. Investment in new infrastructure has skyrocketed. The country has a potential to become “the Rotterdam of the South” Konstantinos Haniotis, president of the Hellenic Institute of Logistics Management argues. But modernization and improved regulation are essential.

  • in the promising field of Sustainable Ship Recycling. Despite the fact that Greece remains the global leader in shipping, the country does not have any ship recycling yards, that could provide valuable income and thousands of jobs to its economy.

  • in the fishing industry. The case of Lake Polyfytos in Western Macedonia is a typical example of growth potential squeezed by bureaucratic constraints. Local authorities and entrepreneurs describe the hardships of doing business in a region where the decarbonization plans are far from complete.

The March/April 2021 issue of Greek Business File also presents Greece’s efforts to attract Digital Nomads and the new “Digital Nomad Visa” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepares in the coming months.

In the Diaspora department:

  • John Chrysoulakis, Secretary General for Public Diplomacy and Greeks Abroad, in an exclusive interview, analyses the relations with the Greek communities abroad, talks about the biggest challenge he has to manage and refers to the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution and the participation of the Greeks Abroad in the celebrations.

  • Nikitas Koutoupes, Managing Director at Insight Partners, explains why “There is an environment of opportunity in Greece”.

The Real Estate department is dedicated to the intervention project of the former royal estate in Tatoi, the ambitious plan to turn the abandoned estate into an impressive natural and cultural hub.

In Business news, we look into:

  • Ellaktor and the rare hostile takeover by Reggeborgh. The private Dutch investment group Reggeborgh took control of Ellaktor, one of two leading Greek construction companies.

  • SKY express and its plans for going international. Vasiliki Christidi, General Manager at IOGR Group, presents the ambitious plans of the Greek airline company that aspires to become a strong player in Europe

  • Kri Kri, Greece’s second-largest yogurt maker, that proves family management can be effective. The company notched up steady growth during the country’s economic crisis by increasing exports to EU markets.

  • The Piraeus Port and the impact of the COVID- 19 on the annual financial results

In our opinion columns:

  • Antonis Papagiannidis is looking “for the spirit of Spring”

  • Anthony Kefalas analyses “Debt and the myth of rational expectations”

  • Nick Papandreou looks into “The stimulus plans&economic theory

In the History in Perspective column, Photini Tomai writes about the highly symbolic anniversary of 25th March 2021.

This issue’s Bicentennial column hosts the extraordinary story of ethos and achievement of Giorgos Sinas.

The issue pays tribute to Yannis Costopoulos, the quintessential statesman of the Greek banking system and Nikolaos Sfakianakis, an emblematic figure of the Greek auto market.

The March/April 2021 issue of Greek Business File is available here