Task Force for Greece - 4th Quarterly Report: Support for growth and jobs in Greece

Press release:  The Task Force has made steady progress in assisting the Greek authorities, in a spirit of solidarity, to help implement a wide range of reforms agreed in the context of the economic adjustment programme for Greece and to maximise the use of EU Structural Funds. The assistance provided by the Taskforce builds on the commitment of the Greek authorities to implement these reforms, which are necessary to rebuild an economy that is conducive to growth and job creation, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding with Greece.

On adoption of the report, Commission Vice-President Olli Rehn, responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, said: "The Task Force is playing an important role in supporting Greece to implement what is a very demanding process of deep structural reforms. These reforms are creating the conditions for a more competitive Greek economy capable of generating sustainable growth and jobs. Much work has already been done, in very challenging circumstances. It is important to maintain the tempo of reform, together with the commitment and determination shown by the Greek authorities and people in recent months."

The report sets out the assistance provided by the Task Force, the Member States, international organisations and other specialist bodies to support Greece in implementing a comprehensive programme of reforms. These include:

  • Reform of the central administration: a review of the organisation of most Greek Ministries - representing about 206 000 staff - has been carried out. This paved the way for the adoption of proposals by the Greek Council of Reform in March and April 2012, under the authority of the Greek Prime Minister.

  • Motorways concessions: site works on four motorway concession projects restarted earlier this month. In parallel, discussions are continuing between the Greek Government and concessionaires to secure the long-term financing of the projects, based on the "reset agreement", to ensure the financial viability of the projects. A draft agreement was presented to the Commission in January for approval. A decision on the long-term financing of the project is expected in June.

  • Export facilitation: the detailed screening of pre-customs controls for 2 important export products (fresh fruit and feta cheese) has been swiftly followed by legislation to introduce some initial simplification of controls and working methods.

  • Out of court settlement: drawing on technical assistance for the design of "out of court" settlement procedures, a mediation system in Greece was recently launched. This involves a 3-year campaign to help people avoid lengthy and expensive court procedures and to develop centres to train accredited mediators.

Date: 29.04.2013

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Read the 4th Quarterly Report of the Task Force for Greece

Source: European Commission