CHAMBER OF KAVALA (Greece) Coordinator

The Chamber of Kavala is a public law, legal entity that was originally founded in 1918. It has over 11.000 members including small and medium sized manufacturing industries, commercial enterprises, handicrafts companies, large industries, as well as professionals.

The Chamber of Kavala is the organization one goes to in order to register a new company. However, beyond the registration of firms and other administrative procedures, the Chamber of Kavala has developed into an authentic support center for private initiative. This is accomplished mainly by providing  information and advice on issues and problems faced by business persons.

The Chamber is an important support mechanism for trade, industry and the professions in its area and often times it uses its influence in the government decision-making process on matters relevant to the business world. In most cases, this influence is directed towards local or regional authorities, but sometimes even the national authorities are contacted. Also, the Chamber often acts on its own initiative in order to promote industry and commerce in the area.

Yet another important function assumed by the Chamber, and one of particular relevance to the business world, is its consultative and information services provided to small and medium sized enterprises. Examples of this are the supply of information on subsidies, grants, development laws, EU legislation, and even information on export markets or possible new sources of supply for raw materials.

Also, information is supplied on company law in other countries and on international trade rules and regulations. Members of the Chamber are all the certified producers of olives, olive oil and wine of the Prefecture of Kavala.

The Chamber of Kavala members apply the following sustainable practices

  • Reduction of chemical fertilizers: In order for the participating organisation to be enarmonised with the EU Green Deal, they have already adopted measures for the minimisation of the use of fertilizers, to contain water pollution due to the excess of fertilising elements. Thus, only the basic fertilisation is used with nitrogen fertilizers and fertilizers with trace elements, in under 5% of the total areas.
  • Pruning used as soil improver: The prunes are used as soil improver both in olive grooves but also in the vines in the context of circular economy.
  • Green Cover: Green cover is used during viticulture with permanent cultivation of grassing to provide organic matter and nutrients.
  • Water management: Water management techniques are used by the participating organisations to control and maximize efficient beneficial use of the water resources.
  • Natural composition: Use of fertilizers of natural composition and living microorganisms and trace minerals.