Major parties vote for bill simplifying business procedures

A draft bill simplifying bureaucratic procedures in starting and running businesses was voted in by the largest parties during a Parliament plenary session on Thursday.

The bill was approved by ruling New Democracy, main opposition SYRIZA, and Movement for Change (KINAL). Communist Party of Greece, Greek Solution and MeRA25 voted against it.

Regulations proposed act as supplement to Law 4442/2016, reducing bureaucratic hurdles to a simple notification for a series of economic activities that have a low risk in terms of harming public interest, when applying for permission to get approval for setting up economic activity. Some business procedures that are of greater risk in terms of public interest have also been simplified.

In statements wrapping up debate, Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis underlined that the draft bill will simplify people’s lives, especially those “who come to public administration for a transaction to set up a business activity.”

“Every bureaucratic stage that is unnecessary and can be abolished will be abolished,” he added.

Changes reflected in the bill were welcomed by representatives of several trade organizations attending the discussion of the bill when it was still at committee, including the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EVEA), the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen, the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE), the Federation of Industries of Greece (SVE), and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), saying they were in the right direction.