@EU_Commission The European Commission published the second quarterly report of the Task Force for #Greece. It was formed to help Greece to carry out necessary reforms and consists of representatives of the EC and the member states. The Task Force has started its work last September. The document contains really impressive facts. For example, Greece has improved its absorption of EU funds, reaching 35% (above EU average for this point in the programming period). Already €946m was collected in tax arrears compared to initial target of €400m. Wait for a detailed analysis of the report tomorrow on this site.
15 March 2012 18:04
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission I`m slightly worried- French experts are guiding Greece how to reform the public administration. I believe Germans are the right people.
15 March 2012 18:25
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission I was right: Germany has started providing technical assistance for administrative reform at decentralised, local and regional levels, the next page of the report says.
15 March 2012 18:34
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission Healthcare: Over-consumption of health-care products and services is widespread in Greece- the consumption of antibiotics per capita and the number of physicians per capita are almost twice a high as elsewhere in the EU.
15 March 2012 19:11
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission Not surprisingly, there is a backlog of tax cases in the Greek judicial system.
15 March 2012 19:19
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission There is no complete and operational land registry in Greece.
15 March 2012 19:22
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission Something that really surprised me: Bulgarian experts help the Greeks in tax administration and are ready to help in the public financial management.
15 March 2012 19:27
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission Not surprisingly, mostly German and French experts are giving techical assistance in the crusial areas as public admidistration reform, tax administration, judicial reform. Financial sector and hospital management are entrusted to the Gremans.
#FAC The best aid #Russia can provide is to call back the terrorist leaders, to stop providing weapons and to de-escalate, said Lithuania's FM Linas Linkevicius before the beginning of the extraordinary meeting of the EU foreign ministers which will discuss the crises in Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza. Mr Linkevicius also said that the humanitarian convoy is being used to cover up escalation. It's very difficult to trust [Russia], he added
Adelina Marini#FAC Federica #Mogherini: The actions of the #ISIS in #Iraq are a menace which can reach to the heart of Europe
15 August 2014 18:13
The #eurozone's economic motor, #Germany, has stalled in the second quarter of the year, AFP reported. According to the latest data of the German statistical office, the German gross domestic product shrank by 0.2% in the period April-June, following growth of 0.7% in the previous months. The reasons for the decline are weak exports and falling investments. This is a very bad news for the EU and the new European Commission. It shows unequivocally, especially after the data about Italy's return to recession recently, that the euro area crisis is returning. About the bad perspectives the monetary union is facing spoke last week ECB chief Matio Draghi, who said that one of the greatest risks is the geopolitical situation.
14 August 2014 11:05
The #EU is cautious in congratulating #Erdogan for being elected president of #Turkey. In a joint statement European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy recall that Turkey is a partner of the EU, a candidate country negotiating for EU membership, an important trade partner and a foreign policy ally. The EU expects Erdogan to "maintain" the conciliatory tone and to try and encompass all the communities, beliefs, opinions and lifestyles in the Turkish society euinsi.de/JIt8