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In an article of hers in the Sunday newspaper ‘Realnews’ on 3 July 2016, Rena Dourou referred to Attica as a potential attraction for international film productions through the establishment of a new entity, i.e. the Film Office of Attica.

The key points of the article by the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou can be summarized as follows:

  • Greece needs to attract foreign investment to break its economic isolation by stimulating national economy, to support entrepreneurship by improving competitiveness, to develop new technologies, to create jobs, as well as to enhance infrastructure.
  • The purpose of this effort is to make Greece, and in particular Attica, a pole of attraction and a credible actor in implementing major audiovisual productions.
  • In this field, Attica has significant comparative advantages to ‘make a difference’, mainly in relation to other regions abroad, whilst Attica may also act as pioneer at home.
  • To this end, it is necessary to establish a clear legislative framework that stipulates the conditions for inclusion of such investments into the aid scheme.
  • We have been in contact with all stakeholders for over a year now, thus we have a very clear picture of all the difficulties encountered by foreign investors on the matter (legal loopholes, red tape, concurrent jurisdiction between public bodies on the issue of authorisations, etc.). Indeed, these constraints hold back the creation of audiovisual productions.
  • The Region of Attica stands ready to act as a hub of information, coordination and facilitation in order to realise international projects that would bring multiple benefits for Attica itself and for the national economy.

Attica could be an attraction for international film productions

IT IS NOW a commonplace to say that our country needs no more sensational declarations with the words ‘develop’ and ‘reform’ in all grammatical cases. Our country needs tangible results and projects. Greece needs to attract foreign investment to break its economic isolation by stimulating national economy, to support entrepreneurship by improving competitiveness, to develop new technologies, to create jobs, as well as to enhance infrastructure.

ATTRACTING foreign investment in the audio-visual sector can contribute significantly in highlighting and promoting Greece’s cultural and natural heritage at international level, apart from enhancing economic growth and entrepreneurship.  In this field, Attica has significant comparative advantages to ‘make a difference’, mainly in relation to other regions abroad, whilst Attica may also act as pioneer at home.

To this first important ‘card’ for attracting foreign film productions should be added the valuable human capital of Attica. Attica boasts great hospitality as well as high quality products and services. Attica’s human capital is perhaps the key factor to ensure the success of this Film Office of Attica project. This institution-tool is essential for facilitating foreign audiovisual productions in our region.

TO THIS END, it is necessary to establish a clear legislative framework that stipulates the conditions for the inclusion of such investments into the aid scheme (e.g. expenditure of at least half a million EUR in Greece), eligible costs, etc. In addition, once the assessment process is completed by state actors, procedures shall be established regarding tax exemption for such productions (e.g. exemption from payment of income tax on pre-tax profits, interest and depreciation, edibta) — which is the case in all of the ‘competitive’ countries since it is considered as a sine qua non for the attraction of foreign producers.

THE PURPOSE of this effort is to make Greece, and in particular Attica, a pole of attraction and a credible actor in implementing major audiovisual productions.

OUR EFFORTS in this direction have not been made overnight, nor are they conjunctural. We have been in contact with all stakeholders for over a year now, thus we have a very clear picture of all the difficulties encountered by foreign investors on the matter (legal loopholes, red tape, concurrent jurisdiction between public bodies on the issue of authorisations, etc.). Indeed, these constraints hold back the creation of audiovisual productions.

THUS, there is no justification for not making a decisive step. We should proceed directly, without undue delay, with the necessary legislative initiative. I.e. with the establishment of the legislative framework that will remove obstacles and create a clear and stable environment in order for Greece and Attica to emerge as a key player in the global film industry, through the implementation of international collaborations between  Greek and foreign producers in cinema and audiovisual productions. In other words, a legislative framework is needed to pave the way for the establishment of a new entity, the Film Office of Attica.

THE REGION OF ATTICA stands ready to act as a hub of information, coordination and facilitation in order to realise international projects that would bring multiple benefits for Attica itself and for the national economy.


Independent Office of International Affairs

Tel.: +30 213 2063 521, 529, 812, 668.
e-mail: oia@patt.gov.gr, kpaliou@patt.gov.gr

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