The Various Interests' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee organised a major conference in Athens on Thursday 20 March 2014 at the Zappeion Exhibition Hall (Europe Room). Following on from the successful conference which took place in Thessaloniki on 31 May 2013, entitled, 'The Impact of the Crisis on Greek Citizens: Moving forward towards recovery!' the main objective of the conference in Athens was to examine how Greece can move forward towards growth, thus overcoming the socio-economic consequences of the crisis. The debates explored opportunities for sustainable growth, employment and recovery in Greece, but also encouraged steps towards solidarity and a social Europe built on social cohesion. Various eminent Greek dignitaries spoke and around 170 representatives of organised civil society from across Greece and the EU were in attendance.