The two-day international economic conference entitled "From the Drachma to the Euro", which will take place in Athens on July 3rd and 4th, will commence at the headquarters of the Latsis Group, the "Pallas Athena" building, in Kefalari, Kifissia. The Minister of the National Economy and Finance Mr. Yiannos Papantoniou, the Governor of the Bank of Greece Mr. Loukas Papademos, and the Governor of the National Bank of Greece Mr. Theodore Karatzas will be the speakers on the panel chaired by Dr. Spiro Latsis, Chairman of EGF Bank European Financial Group. The conference is held under the aegis of the Association for the Monetary Union of Europe (AMUE) and enjoys the exclusive sponsorship and support of EFG Eurobank.
The first day of the Conference will close with a keynote speech from the former President of France Mr. Valιry Giscard d'Ιstaing, who will be introduced by Mr. Ιtienne Davignon, Chairman of Sociιtι Gιnιrale de Belgique and President of the AMUE. On Tuesday, 4 July 2000, the conference will reconvene at the Athens Hilton to address in depth a number of topics associated with the introduction of the euro, including the implications for the economy's competitiveness, for financial markets, for companies' operating methods and procedures, the effects it will have on consumers, on the marketing and pricing to follow and on the adaptation of information systems and tax issues. Speakers will include distinguished personalities from the economic, banking and business world, both from Greece and abroad. Speakers will include the Director General of Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission Mr. Giovanni Ravasio, the Secretary General of the Ministry of National Economy Mr. Spiros Travlos, the Managing Director of EFG Eurobank Mr. Nicholas Nanopoulos, the Adviser for European Affairs of Salomon Smith Barney Mr. Graham Bishop, the Chairman of Capital Markets Committee Mr. Stavros Thomadakis, the Managing Partner European Affairs of Andersen Consulting Mr. Franηois Charriθre, the General Manager of OTE Mr. Dimitrios Kouvatsos, the Euro Project Director of Royal Philips Electronics Mr. Ton Ruhe, the Coordinator of Research and Analysis of the Federation of Greek Industries Mr. Antonis Tortopidis, the Director of Banknotes at the European Central Bank Mr. Antti Heinonen, the Secretary General of the AMUE Mr. Bertrand de Maigret, the Executive Officer of Europia Mr. Guy-Loup Motte, the Managing Director of UDV Hellas Mr. Stefanos Theodoridis, the Secretary General for Information Systems of the Ministry of Finance Mr. Panagiotis Georgiadis, the Partner - Tax and Legal Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mr. George Samothrakis, the Vice President Euro Global Initiatives of IBM Mr. Mike Mawtus, the Managing Director of SAP Hellas Mr. Phaedon Hatzissavas.
The conference is being organised by "Symeon Tsomokos S.A.".