At a press conference today, development minister Dimitris Sioufas, deputy development minister Anastasios Nerantzis, general secretary for industry Spiros Papadopoulos and special secretary for competitiveness Spiros Efstathopoulos announced the approval of 1661 business plans in the programme to increase the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises and very small enterprises (action 2.7.1, round four, of the General Secretariat for Industry’s Operational Programme for Competitiveness).
Following the announcement of the results, Mr Sioufas made the following points:
- The Operational Programme for Competitiveness, and in particular the fourth round of this programme, is one of the most successful of the Ministry of Development’s programmes in terms of support for very small and small enterprises and their modernisation and development.
- Particular care has been taken to support the Greek regions, which is a central objective of government policy. The number of investment plans submitted, and the number of those approved, is extremely high. “We believe,” said Mr Sioufas, “that it will give new impetus to entrepreneurship, contributing even more to the positive business and investment climate that exists with the programmes of the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and the development law.”
- Special attention was paid to the prefectures that have the greatest development problems or which are remote. In Drama, for example, 11 of the 12 investment plans that were submitted were approved. In Kavala, 18 out of 21 were approved. In Xanthi, the figure was 16 out of 18. In Rodopi, it was 15 out of 19, in Kozani, 27 out of 33, and in Imathia, 19 out of 20. We believe that this is another big step forward in support for the Greek regions. “In this way, during the period that lies ahead we will operate with more coordinated efforts on the part of all the political leadership, including my colleague Tasos Nerantzis, who is jointly responsible on behalf of the General Secretariat for Industry and, of course, with the efforts of all the officials who are here, the General Secretariat for Industry Spiros Papadopoulos, and the special secretary for the Operational Programme for Competitiveness, Spiros Efstathopoulos.”
- He thanked the staff and management of the Ministry of Development for the speed at which the programme was working, for its effectiveness, and most of all for upholding the two pillars that the Ministry of Development operates under. “Legality, transparency, and most of all, real evaluation of the applications, making it plain that here in the ministry we operate according to rules, with full transparency and upholding the legality and the directives of the European Union,” said Mr Sioufas..
Deputy development minister Anastasios Nerantzis said:
“As you will see, when the figures speak so clearly for themselves, no further comment is necessary. The measures for the regions and for small and medium-sized enterprises are clearly doing good, which on the one hand is extremely satisfying and on the other convinces us that we can go even further and help reduce the gap between what has existed up to now here, and what has existed for quite some time in Europe.”
General secretary for industry Spiros Papadopoulos said:
“With the announcement today of the results of programme 2.7.1 for small and very small enterprises, the run of successful measures and decisions to support businesses continues. In this way, entrepreneurship is becoming established, is blossoming, and is spreading through the country. Small enterprises, and especially very small enterprises, continue to receive the support of the Ministry of Development from existing programmes that are already bearing fruit with real, positive results. 239 million euros is available to 1661 businesses for proper financing of their investment programmes and their integrated investment plans. And that, in fact, is further confirmation of the positive new climate in terms of business, development and investment that is being consolidated in Greece.”
Special secretary for competitiveness Spiros Efstathopoulos said:
“We believe that businesses will appreciate the effort made by the Operational Programme for Competitiveness to more than double the budget it originally had for them. I also believe in the emphasis placed on the regions. The success of the planning is also shown by the very large turn-out of businesses. I am therefore able to say that it is more from money saved and less from money spent through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness, and we believe that these investments will be made as quickly as possible, increasing take-up under the programme by businesses, and improving their competitiveness.”
Of the 2220 business plans submitted to the programme (with a budget of 692.4 million euros), 1661 (74.8%) were approved, with a budget of 505.4 million euros, of which public expenditure comes to 239.0 million euros.
Regarding the geographical allocation of resources, particular care was taken to support the regions. The lion’s share of approved applications (62%) was from outside Attica, where approved applications made up a significantly larger proportion of those made.
In addition, care was taken to support businesses in regions with higher unemployment and development problems, or which are remote, such as Imathia, Drama, Xanthi, Rodopi and Kozani
The number of investment proposals submitted in the fourth round is roughly the same as all those submitted in the previous rounds put together, and public expenditure is much more (45% higher) than the total for the previous rounds. .
A broad range of activities, sectors and subsectors is covered by the approved business plans, with prospects for positive development and progress.
The evaluation of the proposals took place with full transparency. The basic criteria for evaluating the investment plans were viability and the businesses’ developmental drive. The success of this programme in the fourth round is the result of the essential and methodical improvement of the programme to develop entrepreneurship and strengthen the climate of investment in Greece.
The site of the General Secretariat for Industry www.ggb.gr , includes tables showing the enterprises selected.
PROPOSALS APPROVED IN ATTICA AND OTHER REGIONS
Number of proposals approved
Percentage of all approved proposals
Public expenditure in millions of euros
Percentage of all public expenditure
Percentage of applications approved
PROGRAMMES SUBMITTED AND APPROVED IN SIX PREFECTURES WITH INCREASED PROBLEMS
PROPOSALS NOT APPROVED
1 Ent. Grade 0
1 Ent. Grade 0,
1 Ent. Grade 46,
1 Ent. Grade 39
1 Ent. Grade 0,
1 Ent. Grade 37
3 Ent. Grade 0,
1 Ent. Grade 46
4 Ent. Grade 0,
1 Ent. Grade 43,
1 Ent. Grade 47,5
1 Ent. Grade 0
PROGRESS OF PROGRAMMES BY ROUND
SUBMITTED AND APPROVED PROGRAMMES BY REGION
BUDGET FOR APPROVED PROPOSALS
PERCENTAGE OF APPROVED PROPOSALS
PERCENTAGE OF APPROVED PUBLIC EXPENDITURE
EASTERN MACEDONIA & THRACE