Designing the Capital Market Development Strategy for Greece



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13 Aug 2020

Project Description

Emerging from a financial crisis, Greece entered the phase of economic recovery having already undertaken significant steps towards this direction. The legacy issues emerging from the financial crisis are further amplified by the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic not only on the local market, but also globally. In the post pandemic environment, financing needs are expected to increase significantly and the banking sector will be unable to meet these on its own, rendering vital to have effective and efficient capital markets.

The need to support Greece’s ongoing economic recovery, following almost a decade of macroeconomic challenges, by the establishment of well-organised, well-functioning, adequately supervised, sustainable and technologically updated capital markets is more evident than ever. Taking into account the merits of well functioning capital markets and in light of the unprecedented economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is expected that the design of a Capital Market Development Strategy for Greece will be beneficial for the country’s economic recovery and will contribute to the harmonisation of Greek capital markets with those of other European economies. 

This project envisages to design a Capital Market Development Strategy for Greece incorporating financial technology (“FinTech”) and Green/Sustainability aspects, it is in sync with the Capital Markets Union Action Plan, the FinTech Action Plan and the European Green Deal. In fact, this project showcases the importance of having a holistic approach in designing a modern and efficient investment ecosystem in the European Union.

To this end, it is envisaged that the design of the Capital Market Development Strategy for Greece, capturing general capital markets elements and incorporating FinTech (including promotion of private equity/venture capital and assessment of existing initiatives in Greece) and Green/Sustainability aspects, will support Greece in re-booting its capital markets and effectively tackle issues posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Project is funded by the European Union via the Structural Reform Support Service and implemented by the Local Currency and Capital Market Development (LC2) Team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD”), in cooperation with the European Commission’s DG REFORM.

EBRD LC2 is one of the key strategic teams of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The objective is to support EBRD’s countries of operation to build deeper and more resilient local financial markets.

Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

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