“Soon the service will be available for businesses e-Know Your Business (e-KYB), which is equivalent to the e-Know Your Customer (e-KYC) service”.

That’s what he said the Minister of Digital Governance Dimitris Papastergiou at the recent EBEA board meeting.

Mr. Papastergiou informed the members of the Board of Directors. of EBEA on the issues of its responsibilities and among other things, he noted: “Soon the e-Know Your Business (e-KYB) service will be available for businesses, which will be equivalent to the e-Know Your Customer (e- KYC), the digital channel between the public and private sectors that reduces bureaucracy and hassle both ways for citizens and banks, as the necessary updating of details is done electronically. Accordingly, Know Your Business is a service with a strong sign of development, as it will simplify time-consuming procedures for businesses, eliminating red tape.” others that “The utilization of large data sets through Artificial Intelligence applications will contribute to the development of new products with the aim of improving the efficiency and competitiveness of businesses”.

The president of EBEA, Sofia Kounenaki Efraimoglou, emphasized in her speech that digital governance is an issue that concerns the daily life of all citizens and businesses. It is the element that makes the difference in a state’s ability to function efficiently.

“We recognize that in recent years Greece has made significant progress in matters of digital governance, covering part of the distance from the advanced digital countries of the European Union. From the first steps taken with the creation of TAXIS we reached gov.gr and today we see the first Artificial Intelligence applications being used in the Greek public sector. One of the success stories, made a reality with the contribution of digitization, is the drastic reduction of bureaucracy in the establishment and operation of businesses. Both the digital GEMI and the digital One Stop Service have radically changed the landscape in this as well” said Mrs. Efraimoglou, while emphasizing the necessity of accelerating, expanding and deepening the digitization of public services.

“As EBEA, what we consider most important is to ensure that the digital transformation of the state will not simply mean the digitization of the bureaucracy. But it will mark the transition to a new management model, with simpler, smarter and more functional processes. In this effort, cooperation between the state and market players is important with partnerships that utilize experience from daily contact with the market world, that promote user information and education, that strengthen citizen trust in digital administration. EBEA intends to contribute substantially in this direction”.

Mrs. Efraimoglou also referred to the digital transition of the chamber and the advanced services provided digitally, such as the Portal for the Spatial Analysis of Entrepreneurship in the prefecture of Attica, the Business Employment and Staffing Support Service and the Greek Exporters Guide – with the exclusively online registration and renewal of companies – members in the Special Register of Exporters of EBEA. He also referred to the implementation of a series of development actions, which have been planned for the next two years, such as the further upgrading of GEMI’s digital services and the continuation of the digitization and safe storage of the physical files that the EBEA Registry has had since its establishment.

“Our goal is also to ensure full interoperability between the EBEA Registry and other bodies of the wider public sector, such as EFKA, AADE, the ERGANI system, etc.” noted the president closing her speech.