Seminar on Brexit highlights opportunity for new collaborations

EU UK trade relations
Dr. George Konstantopoulos, President of the Greek Exporters’ Association.

The prospects of expanding and improving the bilateral relations between Greece and the United Kingdom were emphasized by the President of the Greek Exporters’ Association, Dr George Konstantopoulos, during the online event on “Trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom – Information to Greek companies on the main changes applicable as of 01.01.2021” organized recently by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Greek Exporters’ Association, Enterprise Greece, the British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Panhellenic Exporters Association.

Dr George Konstantopoulos focused on the positive points that may arise from Brexit and the opportunities that Greece should take advantage of in order to become a channel of communication between the EU and the UK. He described the United Kingdom, the 7th most important export destination for Greece, as a mature market for Greek products, since they enjoy high recognition and acceptance. That is why it is necessary, Dr Konstantopoulos explained, to maintain —and increase in the meantime— the share of Greek export companies in the UK market, calling on them to manage wisely the additional costs that will result from the devaluation of the euro and other charges.

The event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, the Secretary General of International Economic Relations & Extroversion and President of Enterprise Greece, Mr Giannis Smyrlis, executives from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Immigration Policy, as well as business representatives.

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