Outside the EU
The Ministry of Finance and more specifically the General Directorate of International Economic Policy is responsible for handling matters of common commercial policy on the movement of goods and services, monitoring multilateral trade agreements as well as the work of various international organisations.
The Export Policy Coordination Division of the General Directorate of International Economic Policy is responsible for ordinance design and participation in shaping foreign trade national policy and strategy, and for supervising consultative organisations.
The legal framework on exports is as follows:
State support for exports
The Export Credit Insurance Organisation (ECIO) is supervised by the Ministry of Finance, operates through sponsorship by the Greek Government and insures export appropriations provided by Greek exporters to foreign customers with regard to the sale of goods and services, against commercial and political risks.
The Statistics, Analysis and Documentation Department deals with the collection, processing, analysis and study of data and statistics of international trade in goods and services, and monitors the historical development of foreign trade in Greece by product group and country of destination.
Information on investments outside the EU is provided by the Ministry of Finance, the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board and chambers of commerce which promote partnerships with businesses outside the EU.
The Panhellenic Exporters Association (PEA) is a free professional Association representing operators of export activity in general. It is the central export organisation in the country. Its members include export enterprises, cooperatives and export organisations from all export sectors of the country's geographical regions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides, through the General Secretariat of International Economic Relations & Development Cooperation, detailed information on export trade in Greece.
In recent years, partnerships have been promoted with countries outside the EU. International chambers of commerce, whose members are to be found in each country, contribute to investments in other countries and the setting up of new businesses.