ECONOMY

Extrovert character has to be preserved

Last year has left a bittersweet taste for the country’s exporters, the Panhellenic Exporters’ Association said on Monday, stressing that extrovert companies have to be supported to help the economy rebound in the context of the euro’s rise.

Association president Christina Sakellaridi stated that although a new record of exports was registered in 2012, exceeding 24 billion euros, there was also a worrying decline in exports to European Union countries, particularly after a significant drop in December that was attributed to the rise in the euro’s exchange rate with the US dollar.

“There is a dire need for top priority to be given to actions of genuine support to extrovert companies, through the utilization of funds from the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA), immediate value-added tax returns, lightening the tax and bureaucracy load, and the reduction of non-salary production costs,” said Sakellaridi.