The growth of the microbrewery in our country is rising until now. But there are concerns that the industry increasingly intensified as tax increases such as VAT and excise duties as well as changes in business taxes is likely to slow down this process. Everyone’s hope is not to reversed and the development of the industry led to a decline. Certainly, for what the government except the change of economic and taxation policy acting now as a supporter of healthy business should change and legislation on beer production and fermented products.
Nowadays, where technology has been introduced for good in our lives and brewing, no development is allowed and the competition is braked by backward ideas and anachronistic laws. The trend in recent years supports the development of small breweries and produce quality beers. The activity of such companies abroad contributes beyond the dispersion of new and imaginative recipes, production of traditional recipes, non-commercial, the revival of which finds many supporters. Last year in our country, I could tell that opposing brewers are not only the uninitiated consumers and taxes, but the commitment to laws prohibiting the addition of substances to the beer or the production of fermentation products quite near beer.
So, it is forbitten to use honey and fruits, like apples, perries, figs and many more that our country is rich and could be distinguished. The use of agricultural products such as fruit could help the growth and profitability of farmers and contribute to the economy through taxation and trade increasing and correlated workers who today are estimated at 2000 direct employees and 61,000 indirect beneficiaries of their occupation with beer, having 5,000 suppliers and 3,200 farmers through the contractual culture programs.
Today our country cannot produce products such as apple or pear like cider or perry, we import all the products to meet the market needs. Companies producing fruit products must ferment abroad and introduce in our country the final product composed of both Greek raw materials, increasing among others the final cost for the consumer.
The above concerns and suggestions for the support and development of the industry were expressed by the Greek Brewers’ Union during the press conference to members of the press for informing the Greek consumers. Among the issues that were presented by the members of the board of the Greek Brewers Union it is worth taking note of certain points of the president’s speech of the union Mr Alexandros Karafillides who said that “The brewing industry can have a significant effect on improving the Greek economy. As companies with a significant presence and contribution to the Greek economy, we put forward five proposals, which can be implemented easily quickly and without any cost to the Greek government providing substantial benefits that are much needed by our country during this crisis. We are committed to continue producing 90% of beer consumed in Greece in Greek breweries using Greek workers and to support exports. At the same time, it is essential to be able continue to do so to have appropriate incentives, an updated legal framework and more equitable taxation. All things considered the brewing industry can and will continue to support growth”.
The Greek Brewers Union proposals may seem practical, basic and most often taken for granted in an advanced brewing country of the European Union however they are vital for the further development of the industry as well as the sustainability of the businesses in general.
The five proposals which the present Government is requested to take into consideration, provided they are interested in the advancement and progress of the country are the following:
Let us not forget that the brewing industry has been an essential supporter of the Greek economy with the contribution of 640 milion euro in tax revenues for 2015. Furthermore, revenue from excise tax on beer for 2016 is expected to rise to 160 million euro.
It is worth noting that the contribution of the sector to tax revenues during the crisis reached a total of 1,9 billion.
Therefore, we are watching the Greek Brewers Union involvement with great interest in these difficult times for our country and waiting for reactions by the Greek government to the above proposals. At the same time, we are looking for the acceptance of any of the above proposals with a positive attitude.
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