@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.
Adelina MariniMario #Draghi: The urgency of the #G20 to converge regulatory regimes has significantly diminished
22 September 2014 16:33
#indyref In #Scotland, a referendum is taking place today on staying or leaving the United Kingdom. Opinion polls from the past days show that the Scots are almost 50/50 divided on the issue whether they should continue on their own or should they stay as part of the UK and therefore of the EU. The expectations are that at least 80% of registered voters will have their say. The referendum will have a huge impact for the entire European Union and most of all for the existing views about independence movements across the continent
Adelina Marini#indyref The voice of those who want #Scotland to remain part of the #UK has prevailed. With almost all votes counted, 55.42% of the voters said NO to Scotland leaving a more than 300-years-old union with England. 44.58% voted YES. Turnout was 84.48%. PM David Cameron said all pledges he made to Scotland will be met in full
19 September 2014 08:25
#ISIS #Russia #ebola The European Parliament adopted today several resolutions related to the foreign policy crises in the European neighbourhood. The MEPs called the EU sanctions against Russia to be enhanced and to cancel all the agreements in the energy sector, including South Stream. The EP has strongly condemned the murder of journalists David Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as of David Haynes, an aid worker, by the Islamic State. They called on the EU to use all possible means to help Iraqi national and local authorities to fight IS, including by providing "appropriate military assistance". According to the EP, the Ebola outbreak has been underrated by the international community while it is a challenge for the global security