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General information on Greek development cooperation

There has been a substantial shift and upgrade in focus in Greece’s strategic priorities in the past five years.

In geographic terms, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) development cooperation has expanded beyond Greece’s immediate neighbourhood. Initially concentrated in the Balkans, the Black Sea region, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, the Government of Greece has extended its aid to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa and now has a presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.

Greek development cooperation sector priorities are: (i) basic, secondary and vocational training infrastructure; (ii) basic health infrastructure; (iii) water supply and sanitation and other basic social infrastructures for villages and small towns; (iv) environment and agriculture; (v) job creation and income generation programmes; (vi) democratisation, youth and women’s empowerment; and vii) capacity and institution-building.

Cross-cutting policy sectors include “enhancement of democracy and the state of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, gender equality, women and youth participation in the development process, more active participation of women in the decision-making process, and protection of the environment and natural resources”. Two trends in the aid programme have been noticeable over the last five years. The first is a stronger focus on humanitarian assistance activities, and the second a progressive shift away from human development and capacity building towards infrastructure, which is seen as an efficient way to support development efforts. The Balkan programme HiPERB, adopted in 2002, illustrates this new emphasis. In its 2007 annual report, the Government of Greece signified that its development cooperation would be increasingly focused on encouraging international trade and fostering stronger internationalization of trade in its relations with its partner countries.

Aid for Trade (AfT) Strategy

The Government of Greece does not have a fully-fledged AfT strategy. Its 5-year National Development Cooperation Plan includes elements of its AfT intervention.

In 2009 the Government allocated approximately 2.7%-3% of total bilateral ODA to Af T. Of this, 29%

(US$2.33 million) was allocated to banking and financial services, 9% (US$0.75 million) to business and other services, 47% to agriculture (US$3.84 million), 3% (US$0.21 million) to industry, 9% (US$0.71 million) to trade policy and regulations and 3% (US$0.23 million) to tourism and administrative management.

Source: Aid for Trade at a Glance 2009 – Greece

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/42/59/43148964.pdf

Greece DAC Peer Review 2006

http://www.oecd.org/.../0,3343,en_2649_34603_40843520_1_1_1_1,00.html

Greek official development assistance was US$ 508 million, amounting to 0.17% of its national income, in 2010. By volume, this represents a 28% fall over the past 2 years, from USD 703 million in 2008 and US$ 607 million in 2009.

http://www.oecd.org/dac/peer-reviews/makinggreekdevelopmentassistancemoreeffective.htm

Principal official agency responsible for TCB assistance to developing countries

Contact:

Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1st Vas. Sofias Av.

GR-106 71 Athens

Tel: +30 210 368 1000

Web: http://www.mfa.gr and http://www.mfa.gr

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA): The MFA has been responsible for co-coordinating Greece’s development cooperation programme since 1999; since 2002 it has been doing so under the leadership of a deputy minister. The responsibilities of the MFA include promoting international cooperation, security and peace, protecting human and minority rights, ensuring world solidarity in dealing with humanitarian issues through participation in international initiatives, and providing humanitarian and development aid. MFA is also responsible for co-coordinating Greek ministries and other authorities and agencies on issues relating to the country’s foreign relations.

For more information: http://www.mfa.gr

Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hellenic Aid

3 Akadimias str.

GR-106 71 Athens

Tel: +30 210 368 2252

Fax: +30 210 368 2459

E-mail: gendirydas@mfa.gr

Web: http://www.mfa.gr and http://www.hellenicaid.gr (under reconstruction; to be finalized shortly)

Hellenic International Development Cooperation Department (YDAS or Hellenic Aid): Hellenic Aid was established in the year 1999 under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is responsible for monitoring, coordinating, supervising and promoting emergency humanitarian aid activities and other forms of aid, as well as for development assistance for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructures in developing countries. The aid is implemented by NGOs, ministries and other agencies. The geographical priorities are the Balkan countries, the Black Sea region, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Greece is gradually channelling a higher portion of aid to LDCs in Asia and Africa, and the main policy orientations in its strategic framework for development cooperation provide for new initiatives in favor of LDCs. Hellenic Aid is managed by a general director, who reports to the Secretary-General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

For more information: http://www.hellenicaid.gr (under reconstruction; to be finalized shortly)

TCB cooperation initiatives with UN/international agencies and bilateral partners

Contact:

Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO)

57 Panepistimiou Str.,

Athens, Zip Code: 105 64

Tel.: +30 (210) 3310017-20

Fax: +30 (210) 3244074

E-mail: oaep@oaep.gr

http://www.oaep.gr/en/organization/index.html

Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO): The Export Credit Insurance Organization (ECIO) was established in 1988. An autonomous legal entity in private law, it is a non-profit organization governed by a 9-member board of directors and supervised by the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Its state guarantee capital amounts today to €1.47 billion. ECIO insures the export credits granted by Greek exporters to foreign buyers abroad against commercial and political risks of non-payment, and the investments undertaken abroad by Greek entrepreneurs against political risks.

For more information: http://www.oaep.gr/en/organization/index.html

Contact:

Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (HEPO)

86 Mar. Antypa Str,

GR-163 46 Helioupolis,

Greece

Tel: + 30 1 99 82 100,

Fax: + 30 1 99 69 100,

Email: infocenter@hepo.gr

http://www.hellenic-swedishcc.gr/chamber/index.php/en/chambers/21-hellenic-foreign-trade-board.html

Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (HEPO): HEPO is a non-profit public organization under the auspices of the Ministry of National Economy. For more than 30 years, it has been successfully promoting exports of Greek products and services and reinforcing the export capacity of Greek enterprises. Its Board of Directors consists of representatives from the Ministry of National Economy and national associations involved in exports. HEPO cooperates with similar organizations abroad and participates in international and European unions of foreign trade organizations to form a common policy and exploitation of international and European programmes. It gathers information on foreign markets through 54 “channels” with the Offices of Economic and Financial Affairs of the Greek Embassies all over the world. For the implementation of its activities, it co-operates with Greek branch associations, chambers of commerce and the Regions of Greece.

For more information: E-mail: thes@hepo.gr and http://www.hellenic-swedishcc.gr/chamber/index.php/en/chambers/21-hellenic-foreign-trade-board.html

Contact:

Hellenic Trade Pro (HTPRO)

Ministry of Finance

5-7 Niki str, 10180 Athens

Greece

http://www.mnec.gr/en/ministry/static_content/htpro

Hellenic Trade Pro (HTPRO): Hellenic Trade Pro, established in 2005 as the Permanent Committee for the Facilitation of External Trade, aims at: (i) the identification and abolition of barriers to international trade; (ii) the identification and promotion of best practices in international trade; (iii) a thorough study and identification of alternative strategies in international trade-related issues; and (iv) a study of issues related to international trade in goods and services within the framework of the 133 Committee and in the light of WTO negotiations. HTPRO consists of representatives from the private and public sector and the academic community. It may be assisted by sub-committees, which may manage either groups of countries or a specific project, and by a group of experts.

For more information: http://www.mnec.gr/en/ministry/static_content/htpro

Contact:

Hellenic Organization of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Handicrafts (EOMMEX)

 Xenias str 16, Athens, 11528 Greece

http://www.eommex.gr/

Hellenic Organization of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Handicrafts (EOMMEX): EOMMEX S.A., founded in 1977, is a non-profit public organization operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Development that has promoted and developed SMEs for over 30 years. It also has significant experience with SMEs in developing countries, promoting their entrepreneurship, strengthening their competitiveness, and assisting their access to international markets. Since 1997 it has had an active presence in over 25 countries in the Balkan area, the New Independent States, the Middle East and Africa, successfully completing more than 110 projects in cooperation with the local responsible authorities. By putting human resources, knowledge, experience, and supporting tools at the service of its partner countries, it promotes economic growth and the development of a sustainable business environment. Its technical assistance is provided through workshops, advice and mentoring at public and private levels.

For more information: http://www.eommex.gr/Article.aspx?id=11760

Contact:

Inter-ministerial Committee for the Coordination of international Economic Relations (EOSDOS)

Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1st Vas. Sofias Av.

GR-106 71 Athens

Tel: +30 210 368 1000

Web: http://www.mfa.gr and http://www.mfa.gr 
http://www.mfa.gr/
http://www.mfa.gr/en-US

Inter-ministerial Committee for the Coordination of international Economic Relations (EOSDOS): EOSDOS was established in 1999 and is chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the Ministers of Economy and Finance, Development, Merchant Marine, Transportation and Communications also being part of it, and other ministers participating in meetings covering particular issues. It endorses the five-year strategic framework for development cooperation, which is prepared and, once approved, is implemented by Hellenic Aid. The roles of Hellenic Aid and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in implementation remain small. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs implements some 33% of the bilateral programme, and only 2% of the multilateral programme, the major part being managed by two different units of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

For more information: http://www.mfa.gr/

http://www.mfa.gr/en-US

Contact:

National Bank of Greece Training Centre S.A

Leoforos Andrea Siggrou 103,

Athens,

Greece

Tel:+30 21 0900 7223

http://www.ekete.gr/page/default.asp?la=2&id=5

National Bank of Greece Training Centre S.A.: The Training Centre is an independent business within the National Bank of Greece (NBG) Group. The National Bank’s group of companies is one of the largest in Europe and includes businesses operating in various areas of the services sector. The NBG Training Centre is active in two main spheres: first, as an accredited vocational training centre, it offers vocational training services to the unemployed and to company and organization workers in the public and private sectors; and, second, it hosts conferences, business meetings and events in its purpose-built premises in Glyfada, a short distance along the coast from Athens. Launched in 1995, it operates within state-of-the-art premises, the construction and facilities of which involved an investment totalling €8 million, with 55% support from EU Regulation 815/84 funds.

For more information: E-mail: fragoudaki@ekete.gr

and http://www.ekete.gr/page/default.asp?la=2&id=5

Contact:

Special Secretariat for the Development of International Programmes

Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1st Vas. Sofias Av.

GR-106 71 Athens

Tel: +30 210 368 1000

Web: http://www.mfa.gr and http://www.mfa.gr

http://www.mfa.gr/

http://www.mfa.gr/en-US

Special Secretariat for the Development of International Programmes: The Special Secretariat for the Development of International Programmes was incorporated in the Foreign Ministry’s structure in July 2007. It aims to increase the Greek Foreign Ministry’s productivity and add value to the country’s international relations, as well as make optimum use of EU funds related to the Ministry’s activities. In this context, it also seeks to exploit the possibilities offered by other international and national economic resources, using its expertise to benefit Greek businesses and NGOs. The Special Secretariat’s objectives are: (i) bolstering the development of mechanisms to upgrade efficiency and effectiveness (e.g., the Ministry’s structural, organizational and functional modernization as well as the reinforcement and adaptation of its human resources); (ii) using new technologies and ICT to improve the Ministry’s procedures and transactions with citizens and businesses; and (iii) supporting Ministry activities in the area of economic diplomacy (promoting and protecting Greek interests and supporting the internationalization of Greek businesses). Through the creation of a Helpdesk for Development Funding, it has enabled Greek businesses and NGOs to: (i) receive timely information on all development programmes and projects funded by multilateral financial institutions; and (ii) receive support and guidance from its network of embassies – a comparative advantage that the Foreign Ministry has – and subsequently become part of international networks; it has also systematically promoted their participation in these programmes.

For more information: http://www.mfa.gr/

http://www.mfa.gr/en-US/The+Ministry/Special+Secretariat/Special+Secretariat/

Non-governmental organizations involved in TCB

KEPKA (Consumers’ Protection Centre): KEPKA is a non-governmental, non-profit, independent consumers’ organization. Its establishment, in 1982, was exclusively a private initiative, from a strong concern about the lack of a concrete consumer protection policy in Greece, and the difference between the level of protection in Greece and that of the other Member States of the EU. This concern was shared among all the founding members. Its main activities are raising consumer consciousness in Greece and protecting consumers’ rights; informing consumers of products, services, economic interests, health, nutrition, environmental problems, human rights, and ethics; and urging the Greek Government, the European Commission and the European Parliament to develop a consumer policy to improve the quality of consumers’ and citizens’ lives.

For more information: E-mail: consumers@kepka.org and http://www.kepka.org

Selected TCB programmes and initiatives in this guide

SUPPLY CAPACITY

  • Potato Seed Production Centre in Georgia

COMPLIANCE SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES

  • Consumer Protection Network in the West Balkan Countries

TRADE RELATED FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • International activity of the National Bank of Greece Training Centre