The Greek Economy: Investments, the banking sector and market access

“Under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos”


The preparation of the 3rd International Conference organized by the Economic Chamber of Greece came at a time that Greece faced a series of challenges that needed to be surpassed in order to be led to economic growth. In the meanwhile, Europe was facing the challenge of a significant exit, which threatened to unfold surprising developments for the European Union. Sixty-nine years post the Schuman Declaration, which was intended to ensure unity in Europe, the Europe Day of 2019 arrived with a large question mark for the future of the European Union.

During the conference, our distinguished speakers provided valuable insights on the steps the country needed to take moving forward. How did the implementation of reforms affect market access? What was the role of the banking system in economic growth? How crucial were investments in the recovery process? Was the European Union destined for further integration or did Euroscepticism prevail?

All the above mentioned questions were asked in a conference entitled «The Greek Economy: Investments, the banking sector and market access», which took place on Europe Day,  Thursday, May 9th 2019, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).



The Economic Chamber of Greece is proud to announce the distinguished speakers that participated in the 3rd International Conference, which was held in May 2019.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Official Opposition Leader & President of Nea Demokratia
Yiannis Dragasakis, Deputy Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Minister of Economy & Development and State Deputy
Fofi Genimata, President of Kinima Allagis
Vangelis Meimarakis, Former Leader of Nea Demokratia, Former President of the Hellenic Parliament, Member of the European Parliament
Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ηead of SYRIZA delegation
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic
Chris Allen, Resident Adviser in Athens, DG ECFIN, European Commission
Martin Czurda, Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), Greece
Zsolt Darvas, Senior Fellow, Bruegel
Peter Dohlman, Mission Chief for Greece, International Monetary Fund
Michael Haliassos, Chair of Macroeconomics and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt, Director of the CEPR Network on Household Finance
Peter Jacobs, Head of Investment Team for Greece, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Fokion Karavias, Chief Executive Officer, Eurobank Ergasias S.A.
Riccardo Lambiris, Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
Socrates Lazaridis, Chief Executive Officer, Athens Exchange Group
Christos Megalou, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Board Member of the Board of Directors, Piraeus Bank S.A.
Costas Michaelides, Chair of the Board of Directors, National Bank of Greece
Theodoros Mitrakos, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Greece
Dmitry Pankin, President and Chairman of the  Board of Directors, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
Nick Papandreou, Democratic Coalition
Artemis C. Theodoridis, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Bank


Conference Moderator

Katerina Panagopoulou, Anchorwoman, Star Channel- Athens Voice Editorial Team

Session Moderators

Nikos Chatzinikolaou, President, Athens Daily Newspaper Publishers’ Association (A.D.N.P.A.), Publisher Realnews
Dionysios Chionis, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Democritus University of Thrace
Nena Malliara, Journalist,
Vassilis Monastiriotis, Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics
Babis Papadimitriou, Journalist


The 3rd International Conference of the Economic Chamber of Greece took place at the brand new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).

The SNFCC is located 4.5 km south of the center of Athens, on the edge of Faliro Bay, overlooking the Saronic Gulf. Designed by world known architect, Renzo Piano, the SNFCC consists of three main pillars; the Greek National Opera (GNO), the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the 210,000 sq.m. Stavros Niarchos park. The GNO and the NLG are hosted in the SNFCC Visitors Center.

The SNFCC is a landmark for the city of Athens, with a strong cultural identity, a serene and inspirational environment and a plethora of amenities, making it ideal for high standard scientific events.



Martin Czurda, Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), Greece
Peter Jacobs, Head of Investment Team for Greece, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Costas Michaelides, Chair of the Board of Directors, National Bank of Greece


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