Business Administration in Greece

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Setting Up a Company

Legal Business Entities

Types of Companies and Capital (Max/Min) Number of Partners/Shareholders and Liability Registration Fees
Eteria Periorismenis Efthynis (EPE) is a Private Limited Company
 
 
Minimum 18.000 EUR totally released up to this amount.
Minimum 2 partners.
NB: 1 partner for an EPE with extended benefits (limited liability) to the sole owner.
 
 
Liability is limited to the amount contributed.
EUR 180
Anonymos Eteria (AE) is a Limited Company.
 
 
Minimum 60.000 EUR totally released up to this amount.
Minimum 2 shareholders
 
 
Liability is limited to the amount contributed.
EUR 600
Omorithmos Eteria (OE) is a general partnership.
 
 
No minimum capital.
Minimum 2 partners
 
 
Partners' liability is joint and several.
Lower expenses as compared to an EPE or AE
Eterorithmos Eteria (EE) is a limited partnership
 
 
No minimum capital.
Minimum 2 partners
 
 
Liability of active partners is unlimited.
Liability of sleeping partners is limited to the amount contributed.
Lower expenses compared with an EPE or AE
 
Business Setup Procedures
In order to set up an EPE or an AE certain formalities are required. Status must be drawn up in a deed drawn up by a solicitor. The EPE registration deed must be registered with the county court of the district where the company is located. The AE registration deed executed and authenticated by a notary must be approved by the Chief Administrator of the Region. This approval is equivalent to the registration with the Register of Public Limited Companies.
One month for an EPE and two months for an AE are required to be registered, including declaration at the Tax Office and the declaration for starting a new business.
The Competent Organization
Upon establishment, the company is required to register with the Tax Office and procure accounting and company books stamped by the Tax Authorities and also to register with the Local Chamber of Commerce. Consult The Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
8-hour day and 48-hour week.
Retirement Age
65
Working Contracts
Fixed-term contract, part-time contracts Visit the website of the European foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions.

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Cost of Labor

Minimum Wage
668 EUR
Average Wage
EUR 750. For more information, visit the "Invest in Greece" website.
Social contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: Public social security as % of monthly salary: 44.06%.
By the employer: 28.06%
By the employee: 16.00%
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: For institutions which insure employees, the cost of contributions is borne by both employees and employers; there are no standard rules on how this is shared between them, but with IKA the employer usually pays two thirds and the employee one third.

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
Visit the website of the European foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions.
Unions
GSEE
Unionization Rate
In Greece, it is calculated that around one in three workers is a union member, i.e. overall union density is approximately 30 per cent. Unionization is very high in public sector enterprises and public utilities and services (see public enterprise ): it ranges from 80 to 98 per cent. In the private sector it is very low, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises.
Labor Regulation Bodies

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