More than 99% of Greek state services will be digitised by 2027

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More than 99% of the Greek state will be digital by 2027, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis said on SKAI television on Friday.

He said that this would happen because all the projects have been initiated, put up for tender and are financed by the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), "so they can essentially be ready in 2027".

On the plans for a single call centre that the public can contact regarding any transaction with the state sector, Pierrakakis said that this was essential so that each case can been assigned to a single civil servant. He said this project could well be fully ready within three years.

On the upcoming elections, the minister said the ruling New Democracy candidate MPs would not agree to a coalition and that cooperation can only happen "if we are the first party with the premiership of Kyriakos Mitsotakis."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis proposed on Friday that a company wanting to participate in the programmes of the Hellenic Development Bank (HDB) should give a percentage of its shares, even if only a small one, to its employees.

Mitsotakis was speaking at the bank's event for the presentation of the new "Know your customer" tool, which facilitates the access of small and medium enterprises to bank financing.

The prime minister participated in a discussion with entrepreneurs who took advantage of existing HDB programmes and cited the example of the Greek start-up company Augmenta, which was recently sold for 110 million dollars, of which five million dollars were the gains earned by the employees.

"Employee equity participation is of great importance. Perhaps it should be set as a condition for some financial instruments, even if only with a small percentage. It creates a new business culture and a new generation of healthy entrepreneurship," the prime minister underlined.

Referring to his previous employment in the field of venture capital, he pointed out that what has been done in recent years at the Hellenic Development Bank could not have been implemented with the previous government, which he attributed to ignorance and ideological inflexibility.

He also highlighted the additional benefits for businesses, beyond financing, such as access to external expertise to improve the company, access to a wider network of suppliers and customers, etc.

The prime minister underlined the speed with which HDB moved during the pandemic, which helped save businesses that were closed by government order, thus also protecting jobs.

"We have financially supported small and medium-sized enterprises and we will continue to do so. We want more competition and strict supervision rules," stressed Mitsotakis. He also mentioned that this year, if all goes well, will lead to a new record in income from tourism.

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