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Single Market and Relevant Policies

Thursday, 04 May 2017


Both the transition to the digital era and the opportunity exploitation, triggered by new technologies, constitute a major challenge for our country. Following the release of the Digital Single Market Strategy by the European Commission (6 May 2015) and the progress made on reducing the cost of deploying high-speed broadband networks (Directive 2014/61/EU), electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market [Regulation (EU) 283/2014] as well as the abolishment of roaming fees by 15 June 2017 [Regulation (EU) 2015/2120], our country has committed itself to creating a business-friendly environment for private investments. In particular, Greece aims at strengthening the competitiveness of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), creating outward—oriented start-ups, deploying high-speed broadband networks with the greatest possible population and geographical coverage as well as at the most competitive prices, enhancing the digital skills for employers, job seekers and young people, and interconnecting Greece’s broadband network with those of the EU member states and third countries, in order to showcase Greece as a regional broadband network hub.
In the light of the above-mentioned goals, our country identifies the urgent need for making the most of all available funding opportunities offered by the EU. The efficient use of financial tools, such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the Program “Horizon 2020”, and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), in combination with private investments, is expected to boost employment, competiveness and innovation, yielding multiple benefits for both the society and the economy.
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