SPIRITS EUROPE: The European Spirits Organization namely acts as the European representative body for producers of spirit drinks with members from across the EU. It is based in Brussels and has set up a number of standing committees and working groups convening frequently and monitoring EU policies on spirit drinks. SEAOP is a full member and, in such capacity, monitors steps made as part of the European Union’s Bodies, bound to affect Greek producers.
AADD: The Association of Alcoholic Drinks’ Distributors comprises the largest companies marketing alcoholic beverages in Greece among its members, most of which are also producers either in Greece or in other European countries. SEAOP has established a partnership with AADD for the purpose of setting up the Board of Companies Producing and Marketing Alcoholic Beverages, aiming at the creation of a forum to deal with common issues affecting both organizations.
SEVT: SEAOP is a member of the Hellenic Food Industries Association, as distilleries are an important part of the Food Industry. This participation provides SEAOP with information and is based on a division of specializations.
ENTERPRISE GREECE: SEAOP is currently represented in the National Export Council, a strategic body responsible for devising export policies, and collaborates with the Hellenic Export Promotion Organization as part of actions aspiring to dynamically promote and foster Greek traditional beverages and exports. Moreover, SEAOP, in its capacity as a professional organization, participates in domestic sectoral exhibitions, representing the products of its members as a whole and decisively contributing to their promotion.
GCSL: The General Chemical State Laboratory is the supervisory body (in collaboration with the General Directorate for Customs and Special Consumption Tax [SCT]) in the field of spirit drinks’ producers and distillers. The effort made by SEAOP consists in putting together a channel of uninterrupted communication with the respective bodies so that solutions can be found to issues hindering the industry’s growth, always in compliance with European legislation. It is also responsible for identifying facts and practices posing a burden on Greek companies in contrast to the companies of the rest of the European Union.