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.
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.
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.
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
Forum Opening Key Speech
George Pitsilis, Secretary General of Public Revenue, Ministry of Finance
Session I: Tax disputes resolution, administrative and criminal sanctions
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
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
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
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
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
- March 10, 2016
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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