Tuesday March 31, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greece has long list of bailout actions still pending

Greece is behind in the implementation of 153 actions demanded by its lenders, according to a timetable compiled by the Finance Ministry, Kathimerini has learned.

Of the outstanding actions, 57 are the responsibility of the Finance Ministry, 17 fall to the Development Ministry, another 17 to the Labor Ministry and eight to the Administrative Reform Ministry. The rest are divided among other ministries.

Among the Finance Ministry’s key tasks is to scrap third-party levies. It has sent a proposal on this to the troika and is waiting for a response. For the Development Ministry, one of the main goals is to implement the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) proposals for removing barriers to competition, also known as the tool-kit. The Administrative Reform Ministry still has 12,500 civil servants to place in a mobility scheme. More than 7,000 of these will come from positions being scrapped at healthcare provider EOPYY. For the Labor Ministry, reducing social security contributions and changing regulations on mass dismissals are among the outstanding items.

A number of the actions have yet to be completed as the government remains in discussions with the troika about the measures. Inspectors are expected to return to Athens later this month but a date has not yet been fixed.

Greece has proposed adopting about 80 percent of the OECD’s competition-enhancing proposals and is waiting for a response from its lenders. The OECD has identified 555 regulatory restrictions which it says undermine competition and cost just over 5 billion euros. It made 329 recommendations on legal provisions that should be amended or repealed.

OECD official Anna Thiemann, who was the project manager for the organization’s competition assessment review in Greece, told Sunday’s Kathimerini that Greeks would be able to see the positive effect of the interventions within five years.

She rejected claims that the sale of over-the-counter medicines in supermarkets would threaten the role of pharmacies, saying they would still have a “vital role” to play in selling prescription medicines and providing customers with medical advice. Thiemann admitted, though, that extending the shelf life of fresh milk from the current five days would result in some small farms having to pool resources or being bought out by competitors.

“In a competitive market there are winners and losers,” she said. “This is natural and positive. Efficiency will only improve if you let the inefficient companies fail. Greece needs its industry to become efficient and competitive.”

ekathimerini.com , Saturday February 1, 2014 (18:30)  
Major effort under way after floods in Serres
Golden Dawn´s No 2 released, as protests over trial linger
PM puts opposition on spot, reveals little on reform list, creditor talks
Turkish Cypriots say they will halt gas search as Greek president visits Nicosia
Hoteliers hire firm to monitor illegal tourism accommodation
Greek tourism bodies are forming a strong front – including a dedicated inspection unit – against the phenomenon of illegal tourism accommodation. The latter constitutes a major source of ta...
Construction crumbles by 80 percent in just five years
Construction in Greece has suffered one of the biggest declines to have been recorded by any professional sector within just a few years, as business activity in the domain has dropped as mu...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Cyprus soccer eyes reunion after 60-year divorce
Turkish Cypriot soccer officials on Monday vowed to press ahead with attempts to reunite with the Cyprus Football Association, (CFA), triggering a political storm on the ethnically-split isl...
SOCCER
Three Greek internationals injured in Budapest car crash
Three Greek international soccer players were slightly injured on Monday in a car crash as they travelled by taxi to Budapest airport following Greece's Euro 2016 qualifying goalless draw ag...
Inside Sports
INTERVIEW
Releasing migrants from detention centers not enough, says UN rights watchdog
The Greek government's shift on immigration is “the beginning of what will no doubt be a difficult process,” according to Jan Jarab, regional representative for Europe of the High Commission...
COMMENTARY
Tsipras needs rupture with far-left, not Brussels
Does Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, have the guts to break with his far-left faction? The country’s fate hangs on the answer to this question. Greece’s immediate prospects are dic...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Cyprus soccer eyes reunion after 60-year divorce
2. Hoteliers hire firm to monitor illegal tourism accommodation
3. Construction crumbles by 80 percent in just five years
4. Cosco plans for ship repair unit at Salamina
5. Major effort under way after floods in Serres
6. Golden Dawn´s No 2 released, as protests over trial linger
more news
Today
This Week
1. ECB nerves fray on Greece as supervisors rile central bankers
2. Greek markets show all at risk should mistake trigger a default
3. Talks in Brussels continue but Greece and lenders 'not there yet'
4. Greece says not backing down on debt relief goal
5. Work on tram extension begins in Piraeus
6. European stock-index futures rise as investors look to Greece
Today
This Week
1. Next Monday is D-Day for state funds
2. Eurogroup unlikely to be held soon to discuss Greek reforms
3. Moscow expects progress from Tsipras visit
4. Some more equal than others
5. Greece to present reforms by Monday, says gov't spokesman [Update]
6. Greece optimistic on deal with euro area next week
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.