Association of Industries of Thessaly and Central Greece (AITCG) is a legal non-profit entity, operating under private law, established in 1966 in Volos, covering mainly, the geographic regions of Thessaly and Sterea Ellada, central part of Greece.
AITCG is the main union organization of manufacturing companies in both regions, and a dynamic regional association of the country.
Since its foundation, the AITCG is active to promote sustainable private sector growth, industrial development, economic and social progress of the regions, but also of the country.
Members of the Association are manufacturing companies, including a wide range of businesses from very small to large units, covering different sectors of economy, as well as sectoral, regional or local business organisations.
Main sectors of activity are:
•Production of basic metals
•Metal production & Machinery
•Paper & Paper products
•Services & Wholesale
•Production of Chemicals
•Manufacture of Wood & Wood products -Furniture
•ICT Industry & Services
•Construction Material etc.
Association’s operation activities are certified by Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015.
Scope of certification: Planning, administration, management and implementation of EU, national and co-financed projects.
In order to fulfil its missions and targets the AITCG:
•Represents the co-operative interests of its enterprises-members on labour issues and takes part in local, regional and national institutionalised committees, promoting the views of business community.
•Forms specialised working groups, preparing proposals to improve the legislative and regulatory framework of entrepreneurship.
•Participates in the public consultation submitting opinions and suggestions aligned to entrepreneurship.
•Collaborates with Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and the other Regional Industrial Associations, as well as with local and regional agencies supporting entrepreneurship, promoting, developing and reinforcing the competitiveness of the Greek economy.
•Participates in National and European Programmes, deploying the resources of European Commission’s Investment and Structural Funds, aiming to amplify the competitiveness of businesses.
•Provides quality services, legal support and timely updates to enterprises, in business matters in line with European priorities, towards a digital, climate neutral, export-oriented economy with high value skills.
•Monitors the activity of the industrial and manufacturing companies in Greece, in EU and in third countries, informing its member business accordingly.
•Organises and implements events, seminars, business symposia, thematic workshops, training sessions, according to enterprise’s interest and needs.
•Conducts studies for local, regional and national matters, as well as researches obtaining quantitative and qualitative economic data
•Collaborates with Academic Institutions and Research Centres, strengthening the links between business and academic
Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas
The Enterprise Europe Network is the European Business Support Network of the European Commission established in 2008.
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale.
It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.
The Network is active worldwide. It brings together experts from member organisations that are renowned for their excellence in business support.
Association of Industries of Thessaly and Central Greece (AITCG), member of Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas, since 2008.
In order to provide continued support to companies in central part of Greece, the Association of Industries of Thessaly and Central Greece is a member of the Greek consortium Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas.
The Association’s participation in the network is a result of the successful 18-year hosting of the European Information Centre GR162 (1989-2007).
The Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas is the largest network of integrated business support in Greece. It comprises research and technology organizations, industrial associations, chambers of commerce and industry, governmental SME Agencies and established Innovation players with long experience of cooperation at national level.
The network provides various services such as:
•Awareness-raising on EU policies
•EU Single market
•Business, Technology and R&D Partnering
•Access to finance
•Access to EU funding
Being a member of the EIC and EEN Network, the Association, has developed strong synergies in local, national and European level, providing tailor-made services to SMEs.
Since 2015, the Association has formed a strategic collaboration with PRAXI Network, aiming to expand the provided services, in innovation and technology.
Development Management Company of European Programmes in Thessaly and in Sterea Ellada – AEDEP
In 1996, in order to facilitate the access of SMEs to funding programmes, the AITCG in cooperation with ALPHA BANK SA established AEDEP (Development Management Company of European Programs for the regions of Thessaly and Sterea Ellada), partner of EFEPAE, the Intermediary Agency for Operational Programmes of Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Development and Investments.
The aim of this partnership is the management of the Community Support Frameworks’ Actions, addressed to Small-Medium-Sized Manufacturing Companies in the regions of Thessaly and Sterea Ellada.
Since 1996, AEDEP has implemented activities as a:
•Intermediary Management Body of the Programmes and Actions of the 2nd Community Support Framework (2nd CSF), 1996-2001, concerning the regions of Thessaly and Sterea Ellada.
•Intermediary Management Body for the Actions of the “COMPETITIVENESS” Business Programme of the 3rd CSF 2000-2006 concerning the region of Thessaly.
•Partner of the Intermediary Agency of Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Business Programme (EFEPAE), for the implementation of the Actions of COMPETITIVENESS and ENTREPRENEURSHIP Operational Programme of NSRF (ESPA) 2007-2013, responsible for the region of Thessaly.
•Partner of the Intermediary Agency EFEPAE in the management of State Aid Programmes of the COMPETITIVENESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP and INNOVATION Operational Programme 2014-2020 (EPAnEK), responsible for the region of Thessaly.
•Partner of the Intermediary Agency EFEPAE in the management of Actions of the Regional Operational Programme of Thessaly 2014-2020 (PEP).
•Partner of the Intermediary Agency EFEPAE in the management of the Transport Equivalent Action of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, responsible for the region of Thessaly.
•Partner of the Intermediary Agency EFEPAE in the management of State Aid Programmes of the COMPETITIVENESS Operational Programme 2021-2027, responsible for the region of Thessaly.
As Partner of the Intermediary Agency EFEPAE, AEDEP aspires to participate in the management of Actions of the Regional Operational Programme of Thessaly 2021-2027 (PEP) working in close cooperation with the Region of Thessaly.