Hellenic Federation of Enterprises

SEV chairman urges gov't to find solution over Eldorado

Hours after Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold said it planned to suspend investment at its mines in northern Greece following what it said are government delays in the issuing of permits and licenses, the chairman of the Athens-based Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Theodoros Fessas, called upon the left-led government to find a "political solution" to the problem.

Growth is built on shaky ground

Retail sales may be on the rise, contributing to an increase in gross domestic product, as Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) second-quarter figures are expected to confirm on Friday, but analysts warn that Greeks are eating into their savings for this spending - which is not a good omen at all for the return of growth on a solid basis.

Slow pace of justice hampering economic growth

The slow pace of justice in Greece is one of the main obstacles to economic growth, according to the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV).

On Wednesday SEV presented a European Commission report showing that the time needed for first-degree civic and commercial cases averages at 378 days in Greece, against an average of 242 days in the European Union.

Economy continues to rely on troubled private consumption

The problematic slide in private consumption, on which Greece's economy continues to rely, is not only unsustainable but also poses a serious threat to the economy. Instead of Greece increasing its export and production activity and attracting investment, the contribution of constantly shrinking consumption toward gross domestic product is growing as a percentage, in a vicious cycle.

Gov't receives triple warning

The Hellenic Fiscal Council and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) warned the government on Wednesday about the threat of stagnation in the economy without the implementation of reforms, along with the threat of fiscal problems in the future from state-guaranteed loans.

Part-time work is on the rise

In a country suffering from a protracted economic crisis and high unemployment, part-time employment offers a solution to companies struggling to stay afloat. It has also doubled in size since the start of the financial meltdown, a report by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) shows.

PPC 'runs risk of sudden death'

Greek enterprises are particularly worried about the state of the electricity market, the uncertainty over the sustainability of Public Power Corporation (PPC) and the government's unrealistic plans for enhancing competition, as statements by the head of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) illustrated on Wednesday.