ECONOMY

Major European business forum to be held in Greece

The EFQM Forum 2007, one of the year’s top events for the European business community, will be held in Athens in October. The Hellenic Management Association (EEDE) and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) are organizing the pan-European business excellence conference for the first time in Greece. The venue of the Athens Concert Hall will host a series of high-level events October 1-3. EFQM is a non-profit network consisting of national partner organizations, one in each of the 24 participating countries, with EEDE being the Greek participant. The network’s aim is to promote and highlight the principles of quality management and of business excellence across Europe. The conference, titled «Building High Performing Organizations in Europe: Driving to Excellence,» is expected to attract more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, professionals and high-level managerial staff from the public and private sector and from as many as 40 countries in Europe. Participants can listen to a variety of lectures presented by internationally recognized experts. Another first for the forum this year will be the CEO Summit, in which about 200 chief executive officers of Greek and European companies will discuss the major issue of the optimal practices for the creation of high-performance enterprises. The forum will also include the ceremony for the EFQM Excellence Awards 2007, the supreme distinction for business excellence in Europe. It will be followed by the EFQM Excellence Awards for Greek companies. This event, one of the most significant for business in Greece, is supported by top Greek businesspeople and managers who participate as members of the honorary and the organizing committees of the forum. For more information, call 210.801.9444 or log on to the websites of EEDE (www.eede.gr) and EFQM (www.efqm.org).