The president of the Association of Greek Industries noted that there must be measures that would demonstrate the government’s willingness to maintain manufacturing activity in the country, warning of a barrage of “lockouts”.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged the government to deal effectively with the energy crisis, the president of Association of Greek Industries Athanasios Savvakis also stressing that there must be measures that will show that there is the will to continue the manufacturing activity in Greece.
In the meeting he had with the prime minister ahead of her TEFMr. Savvakis noted that the SBE has been the recipient of strong protests from many of its member businesses, which have long been pushed to the limit by energy tariff hikes. In this context, SBE proposed a cap on gas and electricity prices and an industry-wide exemption from the recent ruling by EU to reduce natural gas consumption by 15%as well as other measures analyzed in the attached memorandum.
In any case, Mr president of SBE he emphasized that steps should be taken to demonstrate that the government wishes to continue to have a manufacturing base in the country. Otherwise, it is extremely likely that a large number of small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises will not be able to bear the costs of the exorbitant energy increases, and therefore the suspension of operations of many enterprises is possible.
He also mentioned that the big development bet for the Greek economy from now on is the development of partnerships and the creation of joint business schemes between Greek and foreign companies. It is precisely in this context that he proposed to use his international prestige Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakisby undertaking a program of business missions abroad under his auspices and presence.
The rest of the issues raised by Mr. Savvakis to the Prime Minister were:
- The change of the production model, with the immediate specialization of the “National Strategy for Industry”.
- The lack of labor in industry, with the legal employment of refugees and immigrants.
- The provision of operational support to businesses in Thrace and Epirus, and,
- The development of the primary sector of production, to supply processing with sufficient quantities of products.