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Athens Not a Business Center

Athens was last on the list of ideal European cities for the accommodation of business. The 19th European Cities Monitor annual survey, carried out by international real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, compares Europe’s major business cities and indicates their performance in key categories ranging from the best cities in which to locate a business to the availability of qualified staff.

According to the survey, London and Paris were announced as the best European cities for the setting up of an enterprise followed by Frankfurt, Brussels and Barcelona. Athens placed last in 34th place.

Athens’ position in each field is as follows: 28th in access to the markets, customers or clients; 29th in telecommunications; 31st in international transportation network; 31st in the business climate created by the government through tax policies or financial incentives; 34th in spoken languages; 19th in the relation between quality and price of office space; 30th in the availability of qualified staff; 28th in freedom from pollution; 26th in personnel’s quality of life; and 33rd in transportation networks.

The highest position (7th) Athens holds is in regards to the terms of cost of staff.

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About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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