@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.
#Ecofin A tough agenda have the EU ministers of finance today. They are discussing the European Commission proposal for prevention of terrorist financing, where there are measures to reduce cash payments. Another sensitive point on the agenda is the Commission package to fight tax avoidance. The ministers will also discuss the implementation of the banking union whose second pillar has become completely operational as of Jan 1st this year. Stay tuned for details
Adelina Marini#taxavoidance Wolfgang #Schaeuble: I agree 100% that implementation of #BEPS is not sufficient. I doubt we will be able to implement the whole package during the Dutch and the Slovak presidency. My proposal is only realistic
12 February 2016 12:03
The #Eurogroup is meeting today. On the agenda of the regular meeting of the eurozone finance ministers are the winter economic forecast of the Commission, the situation in Greece and the drama with Portugal's budget. The ministers will also hold an in-depth discussion about the quality of public finances and the international role of the euro. Stay tuned for details throughout the day