Greece: New Business Opportunities for “Made in Italy” Renewables

Published on Wednesday, 26 October 2016

In Rome (Italy), the seminar "Greece on the turning point. New opportunities for Italian companies" organised by Confidustria. EGP’s experience featured on the panel "Best practices of Italian companies in Greece"

The seminar “Greece on the turning point. New opportunities for Italian companies” was held last 25 October at the Confindustria headquarters in Rome and featured the participation of the Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, and the Greek Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, George Stathakis.

Enel Green Power also took part in the event, with Georgios Papadimitriou, Area Manager for East Europe & Egypt, featured on the panel “Best practices of Italian companies in Greece” together with Giovanni Rocca, Vice President - Promotion of International Activities from the group Ferrovie dello Stato (State Railways), and Alessandro Talotta, President and CEO of Telecom Italia Sparkle.

The seminar was organised by Confindustria, in collaboration with Enterprise Greece and The Embassy of Greece in Italy, with the aim of presenting opportunities arising from the privatisation plan adopted by the Greek government.

“The plan of privatisation, launched in Athens in 2011, provided for an initial programme equal to a value of 22 billion euros.”

In April 2015, the sales programme of government assets was renewed, which includes public infrastructure (ports, highways, airports, railways), touristic sites and public water management companies, suppliers and managers of electric energy and natural gas.

Some Italian companies have expressed interest in the acquisition of strategic assets in the country. Among these, Ferrovie dello Stato recently acquired the Greek company that manages railway transport. Further opportunities could involve Italian businesses both on major projects and smaller scale acquisitions.

During the seminar, Enterprise Greece, the Greek agency for the promotion of foreign investments and trade, also presented opportunities for collaboration and investment in a few specific sectors: tourism, energy, agribusiness, real estate, logistics, ICT and life science.