The Chamber and its Taxation Committee convened the 12th Athens Tax Forum, attended by more than 400 delegates, under the title: Good Tax Governance: A Tool for Economic Growth and Jobs, on March 10 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel. Chamber President Simos Anastasopoulos welcomed the delegates to what has become Greece’s premier event on taxation issues. This year’s event drew a record number of delegates. Speakers shared their insights and discussed good governance proposals in view of planned tax measures, both temporary and structural, aimed to secure fiscal stabilization and trigger economic growth in Greece, entrenched in a deep and prolonged economic crisis.

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The Athens Tax Forum 2016, according to the Chairman of the Chamber’s Taxation Committee, Stavros Costas, was designed to offer delegates first-hand knowledge of crucial taxation issues and provided a decisive platform for high-level dialogue between the public and the private sectors in Greece. Delegates included distinguished state officials, taxation experts, accountants, consultants, professors, attorneys, decision and policy makers, members of the Greek business community and members of the press.

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The Forum produced constructive dialogue, crafted practical suggestions, and highlighted valuable proposals to overcome current weaknesses of the national tax system. In particular, the Forum focused on those tax policies to be followed that will lead to healthy fiscal positions and economic growth. Speakers included Trifon Alexiadis, Alternate Minister of Finance, and George Pitsilis, Secretary General of Public Revenue as well as experts from Greece and abroad.

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Υπόμνημα Συμπερασμάτων Athens Tax Forum 2016


Elias Spirtounias, Executive Director, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

Simos Anastasopoulos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

Stavros Kostas, Chairman Taxation Committee, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

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Forum Opening Key Speech

George Pitsilis, Secretary General of Public Revenue, Ministry of Finance











Session I: Tax disputes resolution, administrative and criminal sanctions                         

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Petros Pantazopoulos, Partner, FDM&A Law Firm

Efthymios Saitis, Direct Tax Implementation Director, Ministry of Finance

Panos Alexandris, Partner, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

Moderator: Ioannis Stavropoulos, Managing Partner, Stavropoulos and Partners Law Firm

Session II: The suffocating tax policy, unprofitable in all respects, trapped in the unilateral increase of public revenues

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Georgia Stamatelou, Director General Head of Tax Department, KPMG

Fredy Yatracou, Tax Director, PwC

Elias Assimakopoulos, President & Managing Director, JT International Hellas

Nikolaos Artavanis, Assistant Professor of Finance, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts

Moderator: George Samothrakis, Chartered Accountant, Chairman Audit Services SA

Session III: Taxation and Business -Open discussion with representatives of the real economy

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Nikos Goulis, CEO, e-Travel S.A.

Aristotelis Panteliadis, CEO, Metro S.A.

Athanasios Savvakis, CEO, National Can Hellas S.A.

Moderator: Babis Papadimitriou, Journalist, SKAI

Session IV: The deficit of “action” to expand and protect the tax base – Real necessity for inspired targeted measures and usage of advanced methods, in response

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Yanos Gramatidis, Managing Partner, Bahas Gramatidis and Partners

George Stamatiou, Chartered Accountant, Vice President, Sol Crowe Horwarth

George Oikonomides, Civil Engineer, Consultant- Strategic| Corporate Planning Public Administration Programs/ Local Municipality Authorities

Evangelos Abeliotis, President, Abeliotis & Associates

Session V: The new investment law and the required architecture for shaping an innovative, competitive and socially equitable development model

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Christos Kourouniotis, Executive Director, EY Tax

Kostas Sfakakis, Advisor to the Board, Tax Policy, SEV – Hellenic Federation of Enterprises

Stelios Kyriakides, Partner Tax, Deloitte

Gregory Tapinos, Senior Partner & General Manager, Key Consultants

Moderator: George Panagiotidis, CFO, Sante International

Forum Closing Key Speech

Trifon Alexiadis, Alternate Minister of Finance

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  • March 10, 2016
    8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Event Location


Venue Phone: 00800 3122 1211

Syngrou Avenue 89-93, Athens11745