Prominent participation of Eurobank at Greece – Serbia Business Forum
19 June 2013.
Forum officially opened by Serbian Prime Minister Dačić and Greek President Papoulias
Belgrade – The key topic of the Greece–Serbia Business Forum, organised in Belgrade yesterday, was development of economic relations between the two countries and opportunities for future investments. Serbian Prime Minister Dačić noted that despite the economic crisis in most parts of Europe, Greek companies are investing in Serbia. Greek President Karolos Papoulias said that around 200 Greek companies, employing 25,000 people, currently operated in Serbia.
Eurobank was the sponsor of this prestigious event, which also gathered representatives of the business sector from the two countries. Mr. Philippos Karamanolis, President of the Hellenic Business Association in Serbia/President of the Executive Board of Eurobank, participated in the panel discussion on development of economic and business relations between the two countries. Mr Karamanolis said that Greek companies operating in Serbia, are primarily from the financial (Eurobank, National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and Piraeus Bank), telecommunications (Antenna Group), construction (Titan Cement, Isomat, Alumil) and trade sector (Coca Cola Hellenic, Veropoulos). Mr Karamanolis added that banks originating from Greece are the systemic foundation of the financial sector in Serbia, employing more than 5,000 people and having a market share of 15%. In addition to Mr Karamanolis, Aris Syngros, Chairman of “Invest in Greece” Agency, Mihailo Vesovic, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Bojan Jankovic, representative of the SIEPA, and Efstathios Natsis, Executive Director Overseas Business of TERNA S.A. GEK TERNA GROUP, participated in the panel.
Numerous reputable guests of the Forum included Mihailo Vesovic, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Bojan Jankovic, Chief Advisor of the SIEPA, Dimitris Kourkoulas, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Panayiotis Mihalos, General Secretary of International Economic Relations of Greece, and representatives of the Government and the business sector.