SEK’s operational actions against illegal trade are significantly strengthened due to state-of-the-art logistical equipment added to its existing infrastructure.

During the donation ceremonialfor the handover of the equipment by British American Tobacco Hellas to SEK and the signing of the relevant agreement, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Apostolos Vesyropoulos, stated: "This is a common fight in which the public and private sectorsgive together. The new equipment, complyingwith the most modern technology specs, comes at the most appropriate time, at a time when we are strengthening our efforts to combat smuggling, through the implementation of the operational upgrade of SEK".

TheGovernoroftheIndependentAuthorityforPublicRevenue, Mr. GeorgePitsilis, stated: "ΙΑPR, having under its responsibility the operation of SEK, is satisfied both with the successes achieved recently due to SEK contribution to the fight against smuggling, as well as with the support offered by the private sector through donations, such as the one received today". 

For his part, the President and CEO of British American Tobacco Hellas, Mr. VitaliiKochenko, said: "The efforts made to combat illegal trade are intensifying and are already bringing significant results. In this great effort, our Group, as it has always done, continues its support, contributing to the battle fought by the authorities".

The mission of S.E.K., in which the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) (having also the responsibility for its operation), the Financial Crime Unit (S.D.O.E.), the Hellenic Police, the Hellenic Coast Guard, the National Transparency Authority and the Ministry of Development and Investments, are represented, is to tackle the smuggling of products subject to Excise Duty and Consumption Tax, through the coordination of the competent law enforcement authorities acting as a force multiplier.