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PM addresses AHCC congress

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PM addresses AHCC congress
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The government plans to introduce a wide range of changes to the state in 2011, prime minister George Papandreou told the 21st congress of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) on the theme "The Hour of the Greek Economy" held in Athens on Tuesday.

The government plans to introduce a wide range of changes to the state in 2011, prime minister George Papandreou told the 21st congress of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) on the theme "The Hour of the Greek Economy" held in Athens on Tuesday.

Papandreou said that fiscal adjustment was made in 2010 through spending cutbacks and VAT revenue increases, noting, however, that those were not structural changes but "extraordinary measures which, with the improvement of the economy, can be made up for in a fair way and with priority on the weaker strata".

Next year, he continued, will be the year of reform of the institutional framework on competition, aiming at increasing the competitiveness of the economy while at the same time containing prices and protecting the consumer.

The premier announced that, in the next few weeks, the government will unveil its National Strategic Plan for Promoting Extroversion, with the aim of creating new financing tools for the internationalisation of Greek enterprises.

He also said that the new investments law will change the rules of the game and how decisions are taken on what kind of investments need to be made in Greece. Further, the government will proceed with deregulation of the energy market and with a series of interventions on green development in the coming year.

Warning that it will not be easy to advance many of those changes due to established and guild-like interests that have kept the country stationary for many years, ensuring privileges for themselves at the expense of the social whole, the premier assured that his government will exhaust all margins for deliberation, "but the changes the country needs in order to breath will be made".