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Ralitsa Kovacheva
@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.
15 March 2012 19:36
 
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Adelina Marini
The #migrant route toward Europe has shifted through the Western Balkans, The New York Times reports. The newspaper quotes Hungarian authorities, who claim the shift of migrant flows is due to some extent to the many drownings in the Mediterranean, to the more centralised policy of the EU as well as the tightening of visa regime in Middle East countries. Another reason is that Bulgaria has significantly tightened border control, as well as Iran. Between January and June 79,000 people crossed illegally from Turkey into Greece, according to Frontex. Some of them continued through Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary. NYT writes that the shift is already causing sharp rises of the anti-migrant sentiments in the Balkans and is boosting nationalist parties euinsi.de/udqK
20 July 2015 09:10
Adelina Marini
The #Greek parliament has approved the conditions the euro area demanded to be voted on before starting negotiations on a third bailout programme. In the early hours of Thursday the parliament in Athens voted the measures with 229 MPs supporting the prior actions, the Kathimerini newspaper reported. 64 members of the party of PM Alexis Tsipras, SYRIZA, voted against the package. All MPs from the coalition partner Independent Greeks supported the legislation. The newspaper commented that with such support the government has received a mandated to continue to govern. Now the Eurogroup has to give a mandate for a start of the negotiations on a third bailout programme. However, in some member states this needs parliamentary approval
16 July 2015 08:51
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup has re-elected Jeroen #Dijsselbloem as president
13 July 2015 18:20
Adelina Marini #Dijsselbloem: It won't be easy (the negotiations on the bridge financing)
13 July 2015 18:55
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