OPINION

Reforms that are just dried ink

In a nutshell, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) report on Greece says that while there is plenty of talk about reforms, reforms are not actually being implemented. Even those reforms that are made into law end up remaining just on paper and are never put into practice. A typical example is a law on the financial shake-up of state companies, which the government is openly and vocally very proud of. It was voted on in Parliament amid much furor, yet the state companies continue to post significant losses that are then shouldered by the taxpaying citizen. This also poses a threat to the future of the country and to the social policies that should be applied by any given government. Greece is in desperate need of reforms. It would be better, though, if the reforms were actually carried out after they are announced and enacted by Parliament. Otherwise, the only thing we will succeed in doing is making a farce of all efforts at reform.