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Doukas meeting with the Presidents of GSEVEE and EEA: Our goal and commitment to support small and medium-sized enterprises

Doukas meeting with the Presidents of GSEVEE and EEA: Our goal and commitment to support small and medium-sized enterprises

Haris Doukas and the Deputy Mayor for Municipal Police and Public Spaces, Thomas Georgiadis, met today at the City Hall with the President of GSEVEE, Giorgos Kavvathas, and the President of EEA, Yannis Hatzitheodosiou. The Mayor of Athens called on representatives of the commercial and industrial sectors to work together to combat and prevent crime and criminal activities such as those recently uncovered.

Mr. Doukas explained the initiatives of the Municipality of Athens, which has already launched a series of measures to ensure smooth and transparent licensing and operation of shops, as well as the necessary controls by the relevant municipal services. These measures include:

  • A comprehensive modernization of the municipality’s information system, allowing a complete picture of the businesses operated, their licenses and their operating conditions.
  • A significant change to the Shop Ordinance, which sets out strict conditions for their establishment and operation.
  • Business owners must display a QR code at the entrance to their shops, indicating the operating permit, the exact location of tables and chairs and the corresponding engineer’s plan. Municipal inspectors equipped with tablets can carry out electronic checks and detect violations, which are automatically recorded in the municipality’s information system. Citizens can also carry out this check using their mobile phones.

“Our goal and commitment is to work together to support small and medium-sized enterprises and shops and to break the vicious circle of corruption. That is why we are announcing that we will introduce new regulations that will establish much stricter conditions for doing business,” stressed the Mayor of Athens. He added: “We are also announcing that we will upgrade our information system for more efficient and transparent control processes. And since, as we all know, the problem is not limited to Athens but is nationwide, we are resubmitting to the Ministry of the Interior our proposal to tighten the operating conditions for shops.”

GSEVEE President Giorgos Kavvathas stated: “We are here together with the Mayor and the Chamber of Commerce of Athens to express our commitment to orderly market operations through rules. Rules that provide security to professionals, especially in the hospitality sector, with proposals and solutions that we will work on together with the Municipality of Athens to both protect business operations and public property and ensure the orderly operation of businesses.”

The President of the Athens Chamber of Professionals, Yannis Hatzitheodosiou, added: “Together with GSEVEE and the Mayor of Athens, we will support all efforts to stop all these arbitrary practices that harm entrepreneurship and development, not only in the city of Athens, but in every region of the country. We call on all professionals not to tolerate these situations, but to report illegal actions to the city and the relevant authorities. With all our strength, we will ensure that these phenomena finally stop in our country.”