Bomb blasts Hellenic Federation of Enterprises offices in Athens

A bomb exploded on Tuesday morning causing serious damages at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) offices in Athens.

The explosion occurred at 3:35 am at Xenofontos Street, next to Syntagma Square, and the noise was heard kilometers away. Several people called the police asking about the noise.

At 2:51 am, an anonymous person called Vima and Efimerida ton Syntakton newspapers and said: “A bomb has been placed at the SEV building on Xenofontos Street. There will be an explosion in 40 minutes. This is not a farce.”

Police and the fire department evacuated the area and cordoned off Xenofontos, Amalias and Filellinon streets before the blast. Police warned the guests of the hotel across the street to stay in their rooms.

According to police, the explosive device was of medium power and was in a rucksack placed near the entrance of the offices. No injuries are reported, but the damages were extensive due to the pressure wave and the fact that the building had a lot of glass surfaces.

So far, no organization has claimed responsibility for placing the explosive device. Investigations are ongoing.

source: greece.greekreporter.com, Philip Chrysopoulos -Nov 24, 2015

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SEV head warns Greece will be left without major enterprises

Greece is running the risk of being left without any major enterprises, exports or production, the president of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Theodoros Fessas, warned on Thursday.

The head of Greek industrialists stressed that investments in Greece have diminished by no less than 62 percent in the last seven years, with manufacturing and industrial activity paying the price of the economic recession.

“It is only with a wave of productive investments that we will stop burdening the real economy and labor with taxes on taxes and limp reforms that are to no one’s benefit in the end,” Fessas eloquently stated. The main aim, the SEV leader added, will have to be tax incentives primarily for financially beneficial investments, such as in the fields of innovation, export-oriented manufacturing activities and sevices.

The Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) struck a similar note on Thursday, calling for a policy that will deal with issues such as stabilizing the tax framework, reducing bureaucracy and upgrading public infrastructures.

A survey by the SEV Observatory showed that its Business Activity Facilitation Index declined significantly this year from 2014 due to excessive taxation, high social security contributions and red tape. As the vice president of Aegean Airlines, Eftychios Vassilakis, said, the 1,000-euro bonus the airline gave to some of its employees cost Aegean 1,280 euros, while the workers received between 520 and 680 euros due to various taxes and deductions.

CHRYSSA LIAGGOU,06.11.2015, ekathimerini.com

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Greek Industry Body urges new government to push ahead with reforms

Reforms, a new industrial policy and a plan to fight corruption and tax evasion are the three main requests of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) for the new government.

“The result of the elections reflects the will of the overwhelming majority of Greeks to remain in the Eurozone, abolishing in practice the division between ‘pro-‘ and ‘anti-bailout’ forces,” SEV said in a statement on Monday, commenting on Sunday’s elections.

“The new government has a clear mandate to push ahead in the framework of the commitments made to Europe and Greek citizens. We hope the national need for growth will serve as a guide both in the selection of the people, as in the implementation of effective policies,” it added.
The body also cited three main objectives for the economic policy of the new government: The effective and timely implementation of the reform program, the planning of a new industrial policy for the revival of manufacturing in our country and the fight against corruption and tax evasion by electronic means to dramatically improve public revenues.
(Source: ANA-MPA)

By Ioanna Zikakou – Sep 22, 2015/greece.greekreporter.com

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