The Greek Exports Guide of Greek Island and Coastal Regions of the Chambers Group for the Development of Greek Isles (E.O.A.E.N.), which you hold in your hands, is an important vehicle to communicate the vibrant business environment of the Greek islands to the global market. It is a tool that aims to bring small island businesses —producing superior quality products— together with larger markets and consumers abroad.
Our vision is for the Greek islands to achieve a balanced, viable and sustainable economic and social development. Our main objective is the introduction and promotion of our island member companies and products to international markets.
E.O.A.E.N. is a founding member of the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR). To this end, our efforts at a national level are supported synergistically by this European Network.
This Greek Exports Guide contains more than 500 trade, production and manufacturing exporting businesses from our 19 island and coastal member chambers. All of them, proud to export the resources and products of island businesses.
These export enterprises take advantage of the limited natural resources available to the islands. The islands are each geographically unique, and provide vast assets, thoughtfully crafted into high quality organic products, primarily linked to the food and beverage sectors (olive oil, wine, honey etc.). Greek Island products are consistently awarded high marks —year after year— at the most famous international competitions.
A website has also been created, ensuring easy access to our regularly updated Greek Exports Guide from anywhere on the planet. Refer to www.exporters-eoaen.gr.
In the following pages you will find useful information regarding the mission, objectives and agenda of the Chambers Group for the Development of Greek Isles (E.O.A.E.N.) as well as its 19 member chambers. Importantly, this Guide includes articles by accredited Greek organizations— as well as experts in their fields,—further validating the guaranteed high quality products of the Greek islands.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would also like to express our thanks to the Executive Editor of this publication for her attentive systematic approach and hard work in gathering all the information. The large task of coordinating with island businesses, as well as management of the various sections written was a monumental undertaking. Researching and presenting the detailed analysis of the unique qualities of Greek Island products is a big job. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all contributors to this publication who helped in any way to realize this project.
Finally, we hope that our foreign readers and entrepreneurs will find this publication enlightening. We have created a platform to launch the wealth of Greek Islands and share the assets with the world, to forge new collaborations and develop opportunities for new international commercial partnerships.
I welcome the creation of this edition, which reflects E.O.A.E.N.'s proactive work on behalf of Greek Island producers. It is our mission to advocate for the increase/ expansion of Greek Island exports, bolster Greek Island businesses and to promote their products worldwide.
Former President of E.O.A.E.N.