Task Force report "cautiously optimistic"

A rotten state apparatus and the complete lack of infrastructure in the country is described in the first report by the Head of the EU Task Force in Greece, Mr. Horst Reichenbach. 

Mr. Reichenbach  spoke of enormous challenges to all sectors of the Greek economy and society. He described a tough road along which the Task Force and the EU leadership will seek to reverse the situation, despite the difficult context of the crisis and “respecting the sovereignty of Greece”, as he stated.

He gave top priority to three important sectors:

- Motorway concessions
- The HELIOS program
- Waste management

The areas of action on which Mr. Reichenbach’s interest focused are:

- Changes in public administration: finding capable staff, better articulation and coordination between various ministries, governance and fighting corruption
- A friendlier business environment through the reduction of bureaucracy, simplification of procedures, changes in land use and competition rules.
- Taxation: strengthening tax collection, resolving tax disputes faster, better control of large and wealthy taxpayers, negotiations with Switzerland on the tax deposit agreement
- Control of costs: addressing the budget, controlling the funds of Social Welfare, controlling ministry expenditure
- Addressing the problem of liquidity in the market, funding from the EU which from 78% will reach 85% and then 95% respectively. 500 million given to small businesses, broadening of the list of beneficiaries of programs with more business participation etc
- Privatisation: Enhancing the development fund with “good experts” and consultants, especially in real estate
- Changes in the judiciary system: E-Justice, faster dispute resolution etc.
- Addressing the problems of migration in two projects: guarding borders and programs, and funds from SOLID for the management of human inflow.

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