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Press Release: ''SEV President and the Board of Directors visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg'', October 23, 2007

23 October 2007

Agenda topped by cooperation of social partners on employment issues, energy problems and climate change

SEV President and the Board of Directors carried out a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 22 and 23 October, during the Plenary Session and had a series of meetings during which they set out the positions and priorities of the Greek business community.

Within the framework of the visit, the Board of Directors met with:

  • Ms. Rodi Kratsa, Vice-President of the European Parliament,
  • Mr. Hannes Swoboda, Vice-President of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament,
  • Ms. Monica Frassoni, Co-President of the Group of the Greens,
  • Mr. Nikolaos Vakalis, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy from the European People’s Party,
  • Mr. Ole Christensen, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs from the Socialist Group and author of the report on Flexicurity.

Expressing his satisfaction at the results of the recent EU Council, SEV President Mr. Dimitris Daskalopoulos stressed that “only a Europe that is open, that has overcome its institutional problems, and that actively promotes European interests on the international stage, can ensure the prosperity of its citizens in the era of globalization. Social partners must be able to play a decisive role in this Europe, shaping a climate of social consensus on the promotion of the necessary changes on a Europe-wide level. Within this framework, the social partners on a Europe-wide level adopted a joint report under the title “Key challenges facing European labour markets” in which they support the need for a more favourable business environment and the implementation of the Flexicurity strategy.”

Energy and climate change issues were also discussed during the meetings, with SEV stressing the following:

  • A commitment from all countries on a global level is imperative if climate change is to be addressed.
  • A 20% reduction in greenhouse gases has a cost for European enterprises. The enterprises are prepared to make the necessary effort. But measures will have to be taken that have a positive impact on the environment without placing a burden on European competitiveness.

SEV Board of Directors also met with the European Ombudsman, professor Mr. Nikiforos Diamantouros from Greece, with whom they discussed his important role as the advocate for the rights of citizens in Europe and as the mediator between businesses and the European institutions.

Finally, SEV Board of Directors hosted a dinner for Greek MEPs and Commissioner Mr. M. Kyprianou, with whom they discussed current European affairs.

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