It is an honor to welcome the Lithuanian business delegation in Athens and its Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It is with great pleasure that I participate in today’s event, which serves as a bridge for businesses from both our countries.
The ACCI is proud to represent more than 100.000 companies from all sectors in Attica Prefecture. We are therefore charged with the duty of advocating for them. Supporting their endeavors. Defending their common interest. And providing coordinated assistance for their needs.
When our members entrusted us with the governance of the Chamber, extroversion and economic diplomacy became two of our top priorities. A rather plausible choice, given the importance of exports in economic growth. And it is truly a fine coincidence for the whole Greek entrepreneurship to focus and invest on those priorities. Because today, for the first time in quite a while, our country is actually changing.
The European Recovery and Resilience Facility is yet another link in this chain of changes. This government’s negotiations for the European fund, along with several favorable interventions in taxation, digital governance and the labor market, managed to transform our country’s image. As a result, we can face the future with more optimism and confidence.
The European Commission has already disbursed to Lithuania 289 million euros in August. I am therefore certain you are well aware of the economic acceleration such financing can offer. As I am also sure that you can evaluate its purpose. It is not just a short-lived boost, but rather a long term investment in the continent’s durable growth and development.
Both our countries have proven to be resilient in trying times. Lithuania has become one of the fastest growing economies after the 2008-2009 crisis. While Greece has shown an extraordinary positive outlook, even during a pandemic that tormented the entire world. This highlights the overall power of our entrepreneurial communities. And the competence of our businessmen to broaden their borders beyond their own country.
The European business landscape is now full of opportunities. And as I always like to say, opportunities are duties. It is therefore our duty as a chamber of commerce and industry, to exploit those opportunities as quickly and substantially as possible. In order to improve our companies’ revenues, increase long-term growth and strengthen international commercial relationships.
Events like this that help us achieve those goals. Where we can review our current relations, identify prospects and build solid bridges. And where we can give our entrepreneurs the ability to consider the likelihood of future successful ventures.
I am looking forward to hearing all of your presentations today. Once again, thank you all for coming.
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