06 October, 2006
Representatives of chamber associations from 44 countries, Euro-deputies, commissioners, government ministers and senior company executives discuss vocational training, competitiveness and innovation issues in the two-day 14th annual Eurochambers Summit on Communicating Europe: Sharing the vision - Delivering the results that opened in Thessaloniki on Thursday.
Eurochambers, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, represents 44 national associations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, a European network of 2,000 regional and local Chambers with over 18 million member enterprises in Europe.
Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Pierre Simon addressing the conference participants pointed out that a few months ahead of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the European Union is faced with ageing population problems while it finds it hard to have its voice heard in the international scene.
He stressed that the main problem it faces in the particular moment of time is the distrust of the European people toward politicians and the EU role itself.
Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UHCCI) President Giorgos Kassimatis briefed the conference participants over Greek economic reforms adding that the country has evolved into one of the most important tourist destinations and was gradually turning into an international energy center while, at the same time, reminded the comparative advantage of Greek merchant shipping and the geographic position of its ports.
Source: Athens News Agency