@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 19:04
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 19:25
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 19:34
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 20:11
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission Not surprisingly, there is a backlog of tax cases in the Greek judicial system.
15 March 2012 20:19
Ralitsa Kovacheva#Greece @EU_Commission There is no complete and operational land registry in Greece.
15 March 2012 20:22
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 20:27
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.
#euco British Prime Minister David Cameron said before the beginning of the taxation-energy EU summit today in Brussels, that the tax issue is a very important one and that making sure that companies pay taxes is a major priority for the UK G8 presidency.
Adelina Marini#euco It's very important the public opinion to scrutinise whether the leaders will implement the commitments they took today, Jose Manuel Barroso said
22 May 2013 18:53
The German #Bundestag has ratified the accession treaty of #Croatia with great majority. The document has to be ratified now by the upper chamber of the German parliament. Germany remained the last country not to have completed the ratification procedure. Croatia is scheduled to join the EU on July 1st and the ratification instruments must be presented in Rome on June 3rd at the latest.
16 May 2013 20:25
The EU ministers of finance #Ecofin will begin discussing in a few minutes the draft directive for bank resolution. Stay tuned for live updates
Adelina Marini#ecofin #bankingunion The public debate on the draft directive for bank resolution has just ended in the Ecofin. According to the Presidency, there is agreement on the issue of the application scope (the broadest possible) and in terms of exceptions - as limited as possible. All agreed that deposits below 100 000 euros should be protected in all cases. It is not impossible an overall agreement to be reached by the summer, the Commission, the Council and the ECB believe