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Integrating Greece into the European Semester Policy Framework
Date: 20/03/2019

Priorities for sustainable growth and competitiveness

The European Commission in collaboration with the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research - IOBE organized a Conference on Integrating Greece into the European Semester Policy Framework : Priorities for sustainable growth and competitiveness, on Wednesday 20 March 2019, at 09.30-18.00, at the Acropolis Museum Auditorium (15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Str., Athens).

Welcome: George Markopouliotis, Head of the European Commission Representation in Athens

Introduction: Maarten Verwey, Director General, Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS), European Commission

Session 1 : Greece in the European Policy Framework

European Semester Country Report for Greece, Declan Costello, Mission Chief for Greece, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN ) and Barbara Kauffmann, Director, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission

Moderator:  Nikos Vettas, Director General IOBE, professor AUEB

Session 2: Benchmarking business environment & regulation

World Bank Doing Business Survey, Maria Magdalena Chiquier, World Bank, Private Sector Development Specialist

IMD World Competitiveness Rankings, Christos Cabolis, IMD WCC Chief Economist

Good practice from Portugal, Ricardo Pinheiro Alves, Ministry of the Economy, Portugal

Crisis, reforms and growth prospects, Nikos Vettas, Director General IOBE, professor AUEB

Moderator: John Papageorgiou, EU Affairs, Athens Municipal Radio, Head of Athens Digest

Session 3: Implementing structural reforms for growth – EC support

Dimitris Papagiannakos, Secretary General for Coordination

George Pitsilis, Governor of Independent Authority for Public Revenue

Dionisios Tsagkris, Head of Directorate on Better Regulatory Framework, Ministry of Economy and Development - Investment licensing

Ludovic Seringes SRSS - Hellenic Development Bank

Anastasia Xepapadea, Secretary General for Anti-corruption -Tackling Anti-Corruption

Moderator: Yiannis Hadjiyiannis, Head of the Athens office, Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS), European Commission

Roundtable 1: Reducing administrative burden

Digital identity, once-only-principle and reducing administrative burden, Janek Mäggi, Minister of Public Administration, Republic of Estonia. Digital identity, the once-only-principle and reducing administrative burden. Good practice from member state experience

 Trust in a Digital Society, Costas Kapsouropoulos, DG CNECT e-Government and Trust Unit, European Commission

Reducing administrative burdens through digital transformation, Diomidis Spinellis, professor AUEB, former Secretary General of General Secretariat for Information Systems (GSIS)

De-Politicizing the Public Administration, Dimitri Vayanos, professor LSE, director of the Financial Markets Group Research Centre (FMG)

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Dianeosis research director

Greek business perspective, Elias Kikilias, INSETE director

Moderator: Eirini Chrysolora, journalist at Kathimerini

Roundtable 2: Creating a regulatory environment fostering innovation

Working Together on Sustainable Economic Growth, Saskia van den Brink, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

The Greek Private Sector Remains Full of Untapped Potential
Alexander Kritikos, Research director, DIW Berlin

Aristos Doxiadis, Venture capital professional, founder of Big Pi

Marcos Veremis, Co-founder & executive Chairman of UPSTREAM SA

Growth challenges towards Industry 4.0, George Xirogiannis, SEV director for industry, growth and infrastructure

Moderator: Chris Allen, Resident Adviser in Athens, DG ECFIN, European Commission

Farewell address: Taking Business Reform forward in Greece, Paul Kutos, Head of Unit for Greece, DG ECFIN, European Commission


The final Report with the conference proceedings is available here


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