A local experience that goes global 
Synergassia Programme

Enterprise Greece proactively participates in the development of the country, particularly in its regional development, and for this reason cooperates closely with government bodies, opening the doors to Greece for new investment. The Agency works with bilateral business associations, multilateral agencies, stakeholder groups and directs outreach activities to select business sectors and communities in target countries.

In the context of its stakeholder development plan, Enterprise Greece established the Synergassia programme. Synergassia, a branded programme since 2008, is a Greek word that means collaboration. Synergassia is a collaboration between Enterprise Greece and Commercial and Economic Counsellors of Foreign Embassies in Greece to promote regional Greece directly to international investors, using this highly targeted approach.

Important issues facing investors when choosing an investment location include the credibility of the country’s economy, the regional economy of the investment location, the tax system, employability of skilled and unskilled labour, location in relation to advanced infrastructure, and the friendliness of the local population. The Synergassia programme enables global business issues such as these to be addressed locally.

How it Works
The Synergassia programme provides a hands-on business opportunity to the economic and commercial missions in Greece by:
• showcasing Greek regional investment opportunities
• hosting face-to-face meetings and exchanges with businesses, regional governments, and local communities
• facilitating the flow of market and business intelligence from regional Greece directly to foreign missions, ensuring effective and expedient communication to their interested investors “back home”

The Synergassia programme conducts approximately four missions per year to regions in Greece. In addition, economic and commercial diplomats are updated regularly on current developments in the regions and, in the process, are ensured direct contact with local players on all levels, in both the private and public sectors.

Highlights of the Synergassia Missions
During a Synergassia mission, in cooperation with regional authorities, Enterprise Greece hosts workshops and meetings, presenting the macroeconomic and investment profile of the region, along with its comparative advantages, to foreign diplomats---enabling them to relay this information to their business communities and government bodies.

B2B meetings with local companies are an integral part of each Synergassia mission. Regional Greek companies link up with foreign diplomats in an effort to build on common synergies. The B2B meetings are particularly important if the company is small to medium in size. The meetings are country-specific since what applies to one country may not necessarily apply to others.

To highlight successful business stories, site visits are conducted to regional manufacturing sites and service firms. Visiting diplomats are able to assess technological development, know-how, and the structure and standards of these companies to report to their home Ministry.

International stakeholders need to know more about the business potential of the Greek regions --- and Enterprise Greece takes them there.

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Missions and Events

Please follow the links to find more information regarding missions to the Regions of Greece:
Region of Ionian Islands, April 6-8, 2017
Municipality of Chios, October 6-8, 2016
Region of  Central Greece (Sterea Ellada), April 13-16, 2016

• Region of Western Greece, January 25-28, 2012
• Region of Crete, June 15 -19, 2011
• Region of Peloponnese, March 16-19, 2011
• Region of Sterea Ellada (Central Greece) June 30 - July 3, 2010
• Region of Central Macedonia, April 28, 2009
• Region of Western Macedonia, March 11 – 14, 2009
• Region of Epirus, December 16, 2008
• Region of Northern Aegean, November 5-8, 2008