Sunday April 19, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
OECD praises reforms in Greece

 Organization says the effort must continue in sectors such as competition, education, employment

By Sotiris Nikas

Greece is a champion in terms of reforms, but still has a long way to go, a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) suggested on Friday.

The respected organization has found that Greece was the country with the greatest rate of reform promotion for the 2011-12 period among its member states, implementing some of the “toughest” structural changes.

“The rate of reforms was particularly high among eurozone countries either through the financial support programs or due to direct market pressures (e.g. Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Portugal), even in politically sensitive sectors such as labor regulations and welfare systems,” the report read. It added that significant fiscal adjustment programs are undergoing implementation in these countries, unlike other states with higher living standards (such as Switzerland, the US and Norway) where the reform rate has been much slower.

Despite Greece having secured this distinction, the OECD believes that the reform work will have to continue, and goes on to make specific proposals regarding certain domains. It notes that the government’s priorities should be the following:

Strengthening competition, as according to the OECD there can be no further delays in the opening up of closed-shop professions and all obstacles to the liberalization of the electrical energy market should be lifted.

Tax evasion remains extensive in Greece, so system reform constitutes an urgent need. A more transparent system for taxing the self-employed and the strengthening of the tax collection mechanism are also needed.

Weaknesses in the education system are causing problems in increasing productivity, so teaching staff will have to match market developments, and university work must be put under assessment.

Unemployment benefits should turn into employment vouchers.

Cooperation between services within ministries, as well as between the ministries themselves, must be enhanced, while adopting a system of assessment for the performance of civil servants.

ekathimerini.com , Friday February 15, 2013 (22:13)  
Russia denies German report it is ready to sign gas deal with Greece
Greece bailout plan still lacking, ECB chief Mario Draghi says
US Treasury secretary urges Greece to reach debt deal
Greece poised to sign gas deal with Russia, says German weekly
Panousis skeptical about law allowing early prison release
Alternate Minister for Citizens’ Protection Yiannis Panousis (photo) has distanced himself in an interview with Sunday’s Kathimerini from a law passed on Friday that allows inmates suffering...
Spike in Syrians seeking asylum in Greece
The number of Syrians applying for asylum in Greece has risen by more than 250 percent this year, according to the head of Greece’s asylum service, Maria Stavropoulou. She told Sunday’s Kath...
Inside News
BASKETBALL
Triumph for Olympiakos at Barcelona
Olympiakos produced its best away performance so far this season to defeat host Barcelona 76-63 on Friday and snatch the home advantage in the Euroleague play-offs. The Reds have now tied th...
BASKETBALL
Another heavy loss for improved Panathinaikos in Moscow
Panathinaikos raised its performance since Tuesday but still suffered a 20-point loss at CSKA Moscow on Thursday to find itself trailing 2-0 after Game 2 of the Euroleague play-offs. Having ...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The price of compromise
The representatives of the middle-class political world made plenty of compromises over the years and now we are paying the price. The current government’s appointment of failed politicos, u...
EDITORIAL
Premier’s choice
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was not elected by the 4 percent that has traditionally formed the hard core of SYRIZA supporters. Greeks may be desperate and exhausted but they still have the...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Russia denies German report it is ready to sign gas deal with Greece
2. Greece bailout plan still lacking, ECB chief Mario Draghi says
3. Panousis skeptical about law allowing early prison release
4. Spike in Syrians seeking asylum in Greece
5. Coalition ponders next move as talks with lenders resume
6. Potami not seeking cooperation with other parties, says leader
more news
Today
This Week
1. Coalition ponders next move as talks with lenders resume
2. Spike in Syrians seeking asylum in Greece
3. Potami not seeking cooperation with other parties, says leader
4. Panousis skeptical about law allowing early prison release
5. Greece bailout plan still lacking, ECB chief Mario Draghi says
6. The price of compromise
Today
This Week
1. Quarantine for Greek bank subsidiaries in neighboring countries
2. Greek finance ministry hits back at German newspaper report
3. Time to get serious
4. 'Civil war' brewing over disputed Greek goldmine
5. Putting off payments led to Q1 budget primary surplus
6. In the shadow of Greek prison, locals dread Golden Dawn trial
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.