A few yearsafter the creation ofthe independent Hellenic State, thefirst Chambers were foundedunder the Royal Decreeof May 22nd 1836, “Regardingthe establishment of chambers of commerce and commercial entities”.
In 1841, when the capital of the country was moved to the city of Athens, the Athens Chamber of Commerce was founded.
This Law foresaw “the establishment of Chambers of Commerce and Industry at the capitals of each Prefecture considered as Public Entities and aiming at the protection and promotion of commercial and industrial interests of their region”, and also foresaw that the “Members of the chambers were necessarily all professional traders”.
The new needs of the Greek companies operating within the common European market and the partial replacement of a solely national dimension with a European one, created the imperative need for a changed chamber activity, while they reinforced ACCI’s natural ties with other EU chambers.
It is only natural that, the common European space combined with the increasing competition makes the efforts towards this direction imperative.