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Brief Presentation of Viotia Chamber
18/11/2013

BRIEF PRESENTATION OF VIOTIA CHAMBER

Viotia Chamber is a Public Body and constitutes a mandatory, self contained and independent Entity consisting of Natural and Legal Persons who exercise commercial activity in the Prefecture of Viotia.
Its main goal is to protect and boost the financial trade initiatives, within the context of the public interests of the State and the national economy.
Viotia Chamber consists of four departments: (1) The Commercial Dept., (2) the Manufacturing Dept., (3) the Professional Dept. and (4) the Touristic Dept. All companies in the Prefecture are compulsory members of Viotia Chamber according to the Law 2081/92 (as modified by the L.3419/05).
Viotia Chamber is administered by an elective 21 members’ Steering Committee. It is a member of the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Hellenic Chambers Transport Association, the International Trade Chamber, the Association of Balkan Chambers, the National Chamber Network of Women Entrepreneurs and EUROCHAMBERS.
Viotia Chamber was established on the 30th of May 1952, with a Royal Decree published to the State Law Gazette on June 6th 1952, issue 156.
Since then, its activities focus in supporting local entrepreneurs and into making specific interventions to the State and other Bodies for the interest of its members, on a constant and continuous basis.

VIOTIA CHAMBER’S ACTIVITIES

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
Viotia Chamber keeps a general register, to which all commercial enterprises of the Prefecture are registered.
Furthermore, it keeps a special register for the exporters of the Prefecture and issues the necessary origin certificates for the exporting goods.
It administers the collection of all necessary data, the keeping of a special register and the issuance of professional permits for Insurance Agents, Insurance Consultants, Insurance Brokers and Insurance Consultants’ Coordinators, as well as Civil Contracting Agents.
It issues the codification number for the stamping of jewelry to silver and goldsmith manufacturers.
Finally, it processes all operational tasks as well as official documents depicted by the legislative acts and the public administration regulations.
The establishment of a General Unified Commercial Register by all Chambers of the Country, will decisively contribute to the facilitation of the administrative and bureaucratic processes for the creation of new enterprises, and constitutes an important Project that our Chamber endorses and supports very much.

MEMBERS’ SUPPORT

Viotia Chamber sees to it that its members are constantly and promptly informed for every new procurement, declaration, financial issue, european grant, as well as any new act or regulation concerning fiscal, insurance, market / price control issues.
Consultation also is provided to the members concerning all the issues above by expert consultants and administrative staff.
Furthermore, our Chamber provides on line information through the internet site http://www.viotiachamber.gr/, which is regularly updated and contains vast information, concerning the entrepreneurial activity of the Prefecture.
Publications to the local press and the local Media, are also part of the tasks undertaken by Viotia Chamber to inform its members.
A newsletter is issued, which contains all current entrepreneurial news, announcements and articles of interest for the Chamber’s members, news concerning the EU, as well as announcements of foreign companies seeking collaboration with greek enterprises, trade fairs announcements etc.
Viotia Chamber also organizes informative meetings and congresses, seminars and vocational workshops addressing to its members.
It also encourages every export activity by collecting and disseminating information relative to the economy of foreign countries as well as the necessary information concerning the import and export of goods procedure.
It provides information for the international trade fairs organized in Greece and abroad, it supports the members that participate in sectoral fairs, whereas it organizes and participates in fairs that promote and boost the local entrepreneurial profile.
Last but not least, it provides statistical data on the enterprises of the Prefecture as well as catalogues of its members, aiming at the entrepreneurial networking and the development of new collaborations among firms in the Greek territory and abroad.


INTERVENTIONS TO THE STATE AND PUBLIC BODIES ON FINANCIAL AND LOCAL ENTREPRENEURIAL ISSUES

Viotia Chamber delivers its opinion and submits reports and memos to the State as well as to other bodies, on every issue that concerns the financial and social life of the Prefecture of Viotia.
It should be explicitly noted that Viotia Chamber collaborates closely with the Ministry of Development, the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce and Industry as well as local Bodies such as the District of Sterea Ellada, the Prefectural Administration of Viotia, Levadia’s Labor Union Centre and the local Municipalities and Communities.
It participates and is represented to more than 20 Committees of general and more specific interest, aiming at defending the rights of the productive class of the Prefecture.
It either consists or participates with other Bodies to legal forms that aim at the boost of entrepreneurship.
It has collaborated with various bodies and participates to events that aim at the promotion of the interests of its members.
It supports and collaborates closely with the local trade unions.
It generates a great deal of social, humanitarian and cultural work, through sponsorships, donations, provision facilities and equipment for events etc.

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