The Federation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants Magnesia upon notification by the General Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants, document of the General Directorate of Customs & excise, D / Directorate of Excise & VAT Tax on wineries that produce or process their products tax warehouse, telling you that there is a new presentation to the customs authority of the Declaration of the small winemaker in calculating the excise tax on output and defense of all relevant documents. The new obligations listed in no. DEFKF B 1005862 2017 EX / 01.13.2017 (FEK.39 / B) A.U.C “Modification of Nos. DEFKF B 5026381 2015 EX / 12.16.2015 (FEK.2785 / B) A.U.C “Determination of conditions and procedures for the imposition of excise duty, monitoring and control of the products of Articles 90 and 92 of n.2960 / 01- Amendments Nos. F.883 / 530/1999 (FEK.1872 / B ) A.U.C “Terms and conditions for granting authorized warehouse license.”


Athens, 23 February 2017


Subject: Bill ‘extrajudicial Mechanism Business Debt “.

The bill “extrajudicial Business Debt Adjustment Mechanism”, which is posted to a public consultation, aims to address the most important problem today runs the private sector of the country: red loans and indebtedness of enterprises. Addressing the business indebtedness problem is of major importance both to improve the business environment and to restore confidence in the banking system and a necessary condition for the country to embark on a sustainable growth trajectory.

In the general context of the GSEBEE believes that the bill is moving in the right direction, because it addresses the most important aspects and indebtedness sources systematically. At the same time, it will be taken care of with regard to specific parameters (detailed positions on technical issues will be sent to the relevant ministries)

1) Greater flexibility in the eligibility of small enterprises (the horizons evaluation is proposed to exceed 3 years, with alternative criteria such as turnover trend and the company’s commitment to participate in organized collaborative scheme to be taken into account).

2) As to the debts, it is proposed to reduce the debt threshold to € 10,000 while there should be an orderly arrangement recalculation of principal and legal interest, penalties and fines. On the basis of this loan restructuring terms with justice be made.

3) Special considerations are needed in cases that can not be reached to 60% of creditors, because of the debt structure (eg someone owns 41% of the debt and does not allow the restructuring).

4) Decrease bureaucratic abomination: many of the required documents can be searched automatically and posted / exported automatically to the qualification application. Especially for state fees related persons, we believe that should not be negative burdens small business such a criterion.

5) will be included in eligibility to debt adjustment former professional / pensioners who do not maintain a business operator, but had received a business loan and stopped doing business within the crisis. A similar provision should be made for guarantors / co-debtors.

6) protection and safeguarding of indemnity of government officials and bank executives agreed debts and loan restructuring. In particular, in cases erasure small business debts, the process should be more flexible and efficient. Under the recapitalization of the banks’ portfolios should be given to managers greater freedom to negotiate and apodesmefsis the judicial investigation perspective (with rules).

The GSEBEE believes that this bill is urgent to be submitted directly to the vote in the Greek Parliament – with the necessary modifications to be proposed and agreed with the production organizations – to give the opportunity to the domestic business to restart immediately after a long period contraction in investment demand and the decline in business activity. The government and institutions shall assume responsibility for any further delay there, which greatly harms the national economy and prevent the consolidation business and the banking system.


Athens, 23 February 2017


Subject: Letter GSEBEE for the reporting system DPA to the Minister of Labor.

Letter to the Social Security Minister of Labor and Social Solidarity, Ms. Effie Achtsioglou sent the GSEBEE Because of technical problems that have occurred in the filing system DPA, the multi-day system failure, of not adopting all the necessary circulars and minimum working days remaining to carry out this obligation.

In the letter, GSEBEE says:

Because of technical problems that have occurred in the filing system DPA, the multi-day system failure, of not adopting all the necessary circulars and minimum working days left for completing this requirement, we request from the Head of political authority decision making extending the DPA submission time for business for one month ie. until 31.03.2017.

At the same time, we urge the Ministry especially at this juncture to consider providing short extension until 03.15.2017 for the uninterrupted service of the first tranche of contributions from businesses and professionals.


Athens, 23 February 2017


Subject: Letter GSEBEE for online registration to register waste.

Letter to Environment and Energy Minister, Mr. C. Stathakis sent the GSEBEE on compulsory electronic registration and registration in the Electronic Waste Register (HMA) on any business activities are liable according to the legal framework.

In the letter, GSEBEE says:

According to Gov. 1B / 04.01.2017 until February 28, 2017 completed mandatory online registration and registration in the Electronic Waste Register (HMA) on any business activities are liable according to the legal framework. Moreover, for the same business electronic submission of waste report is mandatory for the years 2015 and 2016 until May 31, 2017.

This new procedure has caused concern among entrepreneurs were not aware of the relevant legislation. Therefore we kindly be given a reasonable extension to the closing date of accession to this register to entrepreneurs from all sectors to clarify whether they fall within the scope or not. At the same time, we urge the Ministry to clarify with explanatory circular which undertakings are bound to this procedure.

Note that for small and very small operators monitor the legislation is extremely difficult because of the multitude of laws, the amended provisions of the decrees and interpretative circulars. Indeed, the existence of ignorance is one of the main reasons for non-compliance with the Greek and European legislation.

Answer IME GSEBEE to the Minister of Economy and Development Mr Dimitrios Papadimitriou

Reply letter to the Minister of Economy and Development Mr. Rep. Papadimitriou, sent by the President of the General Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEVEE) and IME GSEBEE Mr. George Kavathas after the Minister’s statements, by which directly challenges the findings the semi-annual survey of the Institute of Small Enterprises (IME) of GSEBEE given a few days before the publicity. In a statement at the Athens Agency Minister of Economy and Development Mr. Rep. Papadimitriou disputes the survey data. A survey carried out with absolute scientific terms from 2009 until today distanced from topical political issues. Unfortunately, research findings verified over the years, which in no way pleased us, as behind the “padlocks” hidden tragic human stories. Professionals who not only lose their jobs, but are invited to live with a heavy financial burden for life.

The items posted are solely scientific analysis and documentation product, given the margin of error always exists in the statistical science and we are always available to Mr. Rep. Papadimitriou to provide any clarification on how the survey was conducted.

The Minister of Economy and Development reasonably wonder how it is possible to shut down 40% of companies, ie 4 out of 10 across the country, and this translates to only 18,700 companies, when in Greece 99.6% of companies are SMEs, representing approximately 700,000 businesses.

The answer is very simple and honest: 4 out of 10 businesses express fear / anxiety that next time felt they were / or very likely to close. It is obvious that this indicator is a change / optimism index rather padlock indicator alone compared with previous studies can produce reliable conclusions (as you’ll see in the slide following rate is improving, but remains quite high, reflecting the feeling of uncertainty experienced by small companies).

Following is the full text of the letter:


“Dear Mr. Minister.

Because our principle is that every news statement and should always be checked and intersected thoroughly evaluated before and as we must preserve the credibility of the institution ekprosopoume- and we believe that we have achieved in full until today, we believe that one should go in some clarification on your alleged declarations reproduced by particular electronic means, on the reliability of investigations IME GSEBEE.

First, the findings of the six-monthly surveys economic climate IME GSEBEE are completely distanced from topical political issues, while there has never been any political interference (internal or external) during the processing of the findings and / or the final version of the results. The items posted are solely scientific analysis and documentation product, given the margin of error always exists in statistical science. The publication of research is not determined by political circumstances but by the time of completion of the processing of the findings. If someone did not bother to study all the research climate IME GSEBEE from 2009 to today in conjunction with the specific timing would be able to recognize the validity of the above. Additionally, the results of the interim economic sentiment surveys have been used by international organizations, universities, the European Commission (SBA Factsheet), the International Labor Organization and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) for deriving the overall economic climate results for SMEs in Europe.

It is true that throughout the duration of the economic crisis (2010-2016), when the effects of the economic climate survey published recipients have often been complaints or disputes, usually from government.

However, these issues are resolved through consultation and discussions at scientific / technical level without prior or subsequent public display. In each and every case the necessary technical clarifications given. In all cases also the short-term forecasts of IME GSEBEE finally confirmed.

Finally an item you need to know is that we do not control the way in which journalists or politicians choose to view data from surveys of IME GSEBEE. Nor can we intervene in any publication that shows itself exaggeration or even distorts the results of investigations IME GSEBEE.

According to your statement, (published by ANA-MPA and, which reprinted by Dawn the 3/31/2017) surveys IME GSEBEE are unreliable because they predict that it will close 40% of businesses, and it is estimated in absolute terms that would shut down 18,700 enterprises. Good question, as reportedly expressed: how is it possible to shut down 40% of companies, ie 4 out of 10 across the country, and this translates to only 18,700 companies, when in Greece 99.6 % of enterprises are SMEs, representing approximately 700,000 businesses. The answer is very simple and honest: 4 out of 10 businesses express fear / anxiety that next time felt they were / or very likely to close. It is obvious that this indicator is a change / optimism index rather padlock indicator alone compared with previous studies can produce reliable conclusions (as you’ll see in the slide No. 68 presentation that enclose you, the index is improving, but remains quite high reflecting the feeling of uncertainty experienced by small businesses).

The padlocks of assessment index obviously can not be inferred from the above figure. Rather, it is a complex revaluation of the intensity of the above index, combined with statistical findings associated with damage occurrence, indebtedness and downsizing trend. It is clear that if someone your consultant / partner entered the process to investigate this apparent contradiction initially, would readily available simple interpretation.

Moreover, we would point out that the IME GSEBEE not assess the number of net closures (records-offs) because it does not know the number of new recommendations, a number that is a function of the business climate and growth prospects, and certainly subject research study.

In principle, it is for the official statistics authorities and research institutions of the state to calculate total number and appreciate the recommendations / deletions business flows and to allocate secondary research in scientific bodies, institutes and Universities. It is worth noting that to date, the total number of enterprises operating in the country comes through simulations SBA Factsheet and Structural Business Statistics- which take interviews from our institution for these calculations, not by official census data . Despite the significant progress made on the operation of GEMI, it is clear that remaining gaps and inconsistencies as to the proper statistical representation of the number of SMEs operating in the country. FHW GSEBEE has repeatedly raised the lack of information to the competent authorities, the Ministers who had the honor of a background in the key position of the Ministry. Economy and Development on statistics and tax authorities and other research institutions.

FHW GSEBEE also always available political and state institutions and is not subject to any form of control or self-censorship, particularly when it comes to analysis of primary statistical data produced or processed the same.

It is worth mentioning that in the previous six-month investigation, the IME GSEBEE unfortunately verified 1) as to the number of padlocks, 2) with respect to the voltage limit escalation of unemployment.


FHW GSEBEE has demonstrated by its recommendation that operates solely with investigating the scientific truth regardless of political considerations, trying to produce results useful for the promotion of the national economy. Not we hide that during the crisis often remained hopelessly alone in the constant defense of the values ​​it represents.

Whereas the above cited figures, clarified the methodological framework for the interpretation of primary data generated by the IME GSEBEE, we consider that the alleged Your returns are void.

In This historic moment we are living, the time that trading is at a critical juncture and the country needs a minimum level of national consensus and unity, we must all work hard together to exit the Greek society and economy of the difficult phase passing . Instead petrovoloume messengers, we must put all one building block to create real new positive news for our country.

In this context, we request formal meeting with you to discuss strategic policy issues in the country’s development and for the position of SMEs in the new era. This meeting will probably be a good occasion to discuss and individual technical issues related to the statistical recording of Greek SMEs sizes. “

Statement by the President of GSEBEE the presentation of the interim survey of economic sentiment for Small Business IME GSEBEE – February 2017

“The half-yearly survey of GSEBEE (IME GSEBEE) captures the most characteristic way the dire economic position are the rΕΞΑΜΗΝΙΑΙΑ ΕΡΕΥΝΑemaining SMEs, after nine years of deep recession. The delays in the evaluation closing aggravate the situation, leading to a 2 on 5 SMEs to risk being shut down. the sales are in free fall (-17.8%), leading many SMEs to slow to meet their financial obligations (10% increase in debtors Tax & suppliers s). The lack of liquidity and capital leads to suffocation (70.1%). The imposition of new taxes unsustainable, led to increased arrears to the IRS. sounded the alarm on the economic team of the government, stressing that unless restore the proper functioning of the market many more businesses will put a padlock and thousands more workers will lead to unemployment. “

Research IME GSEVEE- February 2017 – Semi charting economic climate for small businesses



H relative stabilization achieved in the economy in the period from 2014 till today contains largely stagnant elements deGRAFIMAdomenou that incorporates both cyclical and structural characteristics of the crisis. This is because the austerity policy remains at the heart of economic policy as a mechanism of “consolidation” private and public sector; despite the failure of previous years- while preventing or delaying investment initiatives in dynamic sectors of the Greek economy, which will potentially attributed to proliferating a different macro environment more friendly to development. In addition, the uncertainty of the situation with respect to the results of trading accentuate their fears and risks, which become greater for vulnerable small businesses and self-employed.

The full implementation of the first package recessionary measures (increasing taxes on islands, an increase in excise taxes, increased tax earnings factor) and the expectation of vote and applying a second elongated austerity program seems inhibitory effect on growth prospects, which is already reflected in the recent ELSTAT estimate for growth of the Greek economy (fourth quarter 2016, -1.4% compared to the same quarter of 2015). Similarly, no dramatic changes are expected in the first half of 2017, unless mediate important exogenous basically, developments in the economy. With existing data, the forecast scenario for GDP growth above 2.5% in 2017 appears to be realistic.

The business, after seven years of Understanding, adapted to repeat prospects of yet another cycle of fiscal adjustment and austerity, which will run the next 3-4 years. In this context, business strategy becomes a survival strategy, even for those companies that are dynamic and have the conditions for further development.

Although it is clear that the timely completion of the second evaluation will contribute to the normalization of economic klimatos-, its benefits are not expected to diffuse readily throughout the business community. Indeed, more than four in five SMEs are exposed to credit risk, present economic downturn and shrinking work with and not extend the horizon. The economic dualism running through the spectrum of the real economy, has caused intense competitive pressures on small businesses while consolidating flexible forms of work and atypical employment and occupation.

Research IME GSEBEE demonstrates once again that the reduced liquidity, the investment gap and weak financing capacity are dominant problems for businesses, and interwoven with the void of final consumption caused by direct or indirect shrinking incomes and withdrawal of the state. At the same time, private funding and appropriate modern financial tools are absent, while limited the possibilities of mobilizing investment flows through public investment programs remain insufficient.

The smooth functioning of the financial system is also an important parameter to restore the economic climate in a positive trajectory. Red loans to banks amounted to 107.8 billion (Bank of Greece, Annual Report 2016) while total overdue debts to tax authorities and social security funds exceed 120 billion. This means that you should be accelerated initiatives for more effective management of private debt (extrajudicial mechanism, code of conduct, acceleration of justice) without additional bureaucracy, complex mechanisms and inclusive business.

Regarding the quantitative easing program Eur. Central Bank estimated that the inclusion of Greek bonds will mainly be a reset signal of the creditworthiness of the economy, despite a substantial intervention that will boost the real economy and small businesses. However, macroeconomic improvement of the position of the country inevitably linked to the final settlement of medium-term debt, change in European economic policy and termination of various extreme scenarios for expulsion of the country from the eurozone.

In this context declaratory back in the news as international experts and analysts positions expressed in the past – in fact some of them come from the ranks of official creditors of the country (IMF, ECB, European institutes) – who had warned Europe’s political leaders, the IMF, the ECB and the Greek government on the need for effective debt restructuring before the implementation of adjustment programs. The need to restructure the debt reworked 5th Interim Report recently published by the Budget Office of Parliament entitled ‘debt trap’, which seeks to analyze the negative influence that the recycling of debt on growth prospects. Since the beginning of the crisis and the entry into the support mechanism, the IME GSEBEE was reported to need for timely adjustment of the financial obligations in the medium and long level before the implementation of frontloaded adjustment program, which while imposed fiscal discipline terms, eventually undermined any investment perspective, canceling some positive aspects of the program.

The next time the government is requested to take initiatives, within the limited financial and political space available to a) reduce in the medium term the tax burden, especially for small businesses b) to correct certain perverse aspects of the new insurance, particularly in middle income brackets c) to put in place an effective framework for managing red loans and liabilities d) to use all the financial opportunities that generate new investment and jobs Employment.

Press Release of GSEBEE: To restore free collective bargaining and the validity of social dialogue

The Federation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants Magnesia notify the press release of the General Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants on: “To restore free collective bargaining and the validity of social dialogue.”

O Social dialogue and especially the restoration of free collective bargaining constitutes a developmental and structural prerequisite condition for the recovery of the Greek economy.

Besides the social dialogue between employers and employees is a central feature of the European social model and recognized institution consulted by the European Union Treaty and validated by the country International Labor Conventions. Especially in a time of crisis like this that we experience, international experience has shown that social dialogue can contribute to the formulation of creative and innovative responses and to promote a more balanced and recovery without discrimination.

In recent years, the policy pursued aimed at inactivating the social dialogue and the de facto abolition of collective bargaining as a condition of development. According to this view, social dialogue and the active contribution of the social partners in this process are treated as an obstacle to the deregulation of the market, the decline in labor costs and ultimately create cheap labor. Cheap labor and the absence of ‘intermediate’ collectives are, according to this reasoning, basic prerequisites shaping an environment conducive to attracting foreign investment. However no such result is not reached. Instead multiple interventions of the state collective bargaining system, such as the intervention in the content and the universality of the National General Collective Labor Agreement, the weakening of sectoral bargaining level and the expansion of institutions of the effects (expansion), are reasons for the dramatic changes suffered by the real economy in Greece. The collapse of collective bargaining which dragged the overall wage level had a direct impact on disposable income, domestic consumption and ultimately to an increase in unemployment. At the same time creates conditions of unfair competition with negative effects, especially for the most healthy companies.

For GSEBEE restoring free collective bargaining is a matter of priority and a necessary prerequisite for the development of the economy, smoothness in the labor market and preserving social cohesion.


The Federation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants Magnesia notify the letter sent by the General Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Euclid Tsakalotos and reported to the Prime Minister on the coercive requirement of OPAP SA for signing a new contract until 03.24.2017.

The GSEBEE letter to the Minister of Finance as follows:

The sector of OPAP agents, like most professions in our country have suffered heavily from the consequences of the economic crisis and the implementation of the policy of internal devaluation. It is characteristic that in recent years the turnover of OPAP agents declines about 40%. The transfers, as a result of the dramatic drop in turnover, have received snowball dimensions as 1 in 3 agencies have changed ownership. Moreover the profit of the agencies are very limited because of the dramatic tax increases. O branch of OPAP Agents, which counts thousands of family businesses of the highest tax and social contribution, no recent months irresistible pressure against the business strength of the OPAP, sa 100% plus private interests.

The GSEBEE believes that the current issue is not simply an issue compounded over the narrow context of the business relationship of a company with its network of partners. This is an issue of national importance, as the lawful operation of the monopoly right of OPAP SA and ensuring that that according to the jurisprudence of national and Community courts could be achieved only through the exercise adequate supervision and control by the competent independent authority (Control and Supervision of Gambling Commission – E.E.E.P .), just set up for this purpose. The transfer to OPAP’s exclusive right to conduct gambling in Greek territory and in this monopoly, which is currently the tolerance of European legal order requires ensuring strict supervision and control and other servicing of the control target and reducing spread of gambling. The new contracts coercively imposed by the company they serve but contradict these terms, without invoking any overriding Public Interest speech. OPAP SA having as a pretext the ‘Agents Regulations “of C.S.C.G. exercised abusively responsibilities and intervene in areas which by law belong exclusively to the independent authority. The result is that the properties of the controller and the controlled come together in one and the same person, the OPAP, i.e. a aggressively profit corporation 100% private interests.

As is known, the expansionist policy of OPAP already has caused the European Commission’s reaction, which requires revision of the regulatory framework for VLTs (Regulation of another C.S.C.G November 2016 – Official Gazette B 3528 / 01.11. 2016) and calls for abstaining from the application.

The GSEBEE understands that OPAP exploiting manifest as apparent lack of adequate oversight and review by all relevant competent authorities, including mainly for that purpose specifically authorized C.S.C.G. unfairly such as extrajudicial and extortion requires signing new contracts, which include a number of illegal and abusive conditions and constitute an abuse of monopoly position, the Greek government has been entrusted, even in excess of the wide limits of from ONEM said Regulation. The logic of “Sign new contracts until 03/24/2017 or find another job” may not be a viable option and choice. The abuse of yperdespozousas position of the company, which seeks to change the terms of the contract without substantial negotiations with the representative bodies is a pure blackmail, who disrupts one of the components of the concept of OPAP’s monopoly that is socially controlled, exclusive and pure network.

The General Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants requests your intervention to meet commitments before the Committee on Institutions and Transparency of the Parliament and put limits to expansionary policy of OPAP. In such a difficult economic situation for the whole of Greek society, only through the negotiation of stakeholders, can be arranged, viable, issues such as the supply, the settings on the rights of Agents, opening hours, transfers etc. We should once again be remembered that the monopoly entails increased responsibilities and not promiscuity through an illegal regulation and a Leonteio contract, which acquired plunder and profiteering at the expense Agents. Here memorandums with all the changes requested in the new contract.

We ask your immediate intervention in the fight to protect the community and our legal rights, and the prevalence of illegality and restore constitutional order.


The new contract radically alter their current relationship with OPAP, entering:

Guaranteed reducing the supply by 2021. further reducing the supply of an unknown amount of from 2021 onwards.
Obligation Agency relocation if OPAP require it, without assuming that the relocation costs. Specifically, it provided that OPAP ‘can cover the cost of relocation Agent, considering each case separately, retaining the costs of Supply Agent “(see Art. 5 par. 9 of the new contract). At the same time there is no compensation for the infrastructure costs allocated to the old and agency customers lost.
Obligation renovation Agency configuration or additional equipment market, still in accordance with the respective requirements of the OPAP.
Obligation to change with the same charge type Agency, eg by placing VLTs, the cost of which will cover the Agent, but if we do not achieve specific turnovers, OPAP holds the right to remove without covering the cost burden.
your obligation to accept that OPAP has the right to hand in an agency, whatever games you want, and to date has single brokerage license all games
Obligation coverage of telecommunications infrastructure cost to install OPAP terminals where you play straight players without release. Note that the new telecommunications line is certainly very expensive bill.
Obligation cover entirely the cost of the new telecommunications line without more commitment OPAP participate by 30% in the cost, as have done to date.
Obligation customer training for competitive online now conducting OPAP games.
Abolishing the right transfer agency to others. Allowed limited and only in cases of death, disability and retirement.
Leveraging OPAP reasons and possibilities for termination of your contract without compensation.
Agreement expressly provided, in advance, any changes / alteration / addition to the contract (unknown what) like lead unilaterally or OPAP, in order to serve the same interests or those of other companies wanted work in the future (unknown what).
And the most important,

Remove the clear provision that exists in the existing contract, that agents are the only natural OPAP network. It can OPAP ie to create parallel and physical agents network will naturally compete with the existing one.
It is obvious that the acceptance of these terms creates serious sustainability problems of the vast majority of agencies. At the same time it is illegal and abusive conditions in their entirety.