European Semester - Greece 2021

Online Conference on Greece and the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility

How can "Greece 2.0" transform the Coronavirus crisis into an opportunity?

29 & 30 September 2021

An online conference organised by

The European Commission

in collaboration with

The Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research - IOBE


Day 1 Day 2


Day 1 - Wednesday 29 September

Welcoming remarks - VIDEO

Niovi Ringou, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece
Moderator: Irene Vlachaki, Economic Analyst, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

Session 1 | Opening session of Day 1 | EU economic governance for recovery and resilience - VIDEO

Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for the Economy, European Commission
Christos Staikouras, Minister of Finance, Hellenic Republic
Moderator: Nikos Vettas, General Director of IOBE, Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business

Session 2 | Greece’s Recovery and Resilience Plan – a programme for investments and reforms - VIDEO - [Background memo]

Theodoros Skylakakis, Alternate Minister of Finance, Hellenic Republic
Alexis Charitsis, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Shadow Minister of Development & Investments, SYRIZA
Declan Costello, Deputy Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
Moderator: Yannis Palaiologos, Journalist, Kathimerini & Skai


Session 3 | Digital transformation of the Greek economy and the public administration - VIDEO - [Background memo]

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister for Digital Governance, Hellenic Republic
Salvador Estevan, Director General for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Spain
Thomas Skordas, Acting Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, EU Commission
George Pitsilis, Governor for the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, Hellenic Republic
Aspa Palimeri, Country Manager, Greece, Cyprus & Malta at Mastercard
Moderator: Maria Nikoltsiou, Journalist, Alpha TV

Session 4 | RRP – moving from the plan towards implementation - VIDEO - [Background memo]

Nikolaos Mantzoufas, Governor of RRF Agency, Ministry of Finance, Hellenic Republic
Mário Tavares da Silva, Vice President of RRF Taskforce (Recovering Portugal), Ministry of Planning, Portugal - [Presentation]
Dimitris Politis, Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF)
Dimitris Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikala, President of the Greek Municipal Union (KEDE)
Julia Lendvai, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
Moderator: Tasos Telloglou, Journalist, ANT1 TV & Kathimerini

Summary of conference takeaways for Day 1 - VIDEO

Nikos Vettas, General Director IOBE, Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business

End of conference Day 1

Day 2 - Thursday 30 September

Welcoming remarks - VIDEO

George Gatopoulos, Head of Finance and International Macro Unit, IOBE

Session 5 | Opening session of Day 2 | The prospects for Greece looking beyond the pandemic - VIDEO

Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor, London School of Economics, 2010 Nobel Prize Laureate
Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President
Moderator: Nektaria Stamouli, Reporter, Politico Europe & Athens News Agency

Session 6 | Making an ambitious Green Transition - VIDEO - [Background memo]

Konstantinos Skrekas, Minister for Environment and Energy, Hellenic Republic
Johannes Luebking, Principal Advisor, Recovery & Resilience Task Force, European Commission
Damian Boeselager, Member of the European Parliament, Greens–European Free Alliance
Panagiotis Ladakakos, President, Hellenic Wind Energy Association (HWEA/ELETAEN)
Theodota Nantsou, Head of Policy, WWF Greece - [Presentation]
Sameer Shukla, Practice Manager, Energy Global Practice, World Bank
Moderator: Giorgos Fintikakis, Editor-in-Chief at Liberal.gr

Session 7 | Implementing the RRP – Ensuring growth with social inclusion - VIDEO - [Background memo]

Domna Michailidou, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hellenic Republic
Theano Fotiou, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, Shadow Alternate Minister for Labour and Social Solidarity, SYRIZA
Barbara Kauffmann, Director, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
Manos Matsaganis, Professor, Polytechnic University of Milan - [Presentation]
Moderator: Antonis Papagiannides, Managing Editor, Economia.gr

Session 8 | Mobilising finance for Recovery and Resilience - VIDEO - [Background memo]

Andreea Moraru, Director, Regional Head of Greece & Cyprus, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Alex Patelis, Chief Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, Hellenic Republic
George Handjinicolaou, Chairman of Piraeus Bank, Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association
Efthimios Vidalis, President of the Executive Committee, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV)
Felicia Stanescu, Head of Unit SG-RECOVER, European Commission
Moderator: John Papageorgiou, Athens Municipal Radio, Head of Athens Digest

Session 9 | RRP implementation to stimulate investments and exports in key sectors - VIDEO

Betty Alexandropoulou, Executive Director and Member of the Board, Enterprise Greece SA
Fotis Kokotos, Elounda Real Estate Development and Member of the Board of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE)
Julia Tsetis, CEO, Uni Pharma
Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Ph.D. - Partner, Big Pi Ventures
Ioannis Hadjiyannis, Head of the Athens office, DG REFORM, European Commission
Moderator: Nectarios Notis, CEO, Notice Content & Services

Farewell address | Summary of conference takeaways for Day 2 - VIDEO

Chris Allen, Resident Adviser in Athens, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission

Conference close


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