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Claims: Greece has adopted 38% of agreed reforms, but implemented only 13%

“Laws adopted but not implemented – That’s how the Greeks trick with the Reforms”: This is the title of a report by conservative German tabloid BILD newspaper, a report criticizing the Greek left-wing government for not implementing reforms.

Citing an “internal study” of Athens-based research institute INERP, the report notes that “although 38% of the agreed reforms were adopted, only 13% have been indeed implemented!”

According to INERP CEO professor Panagiotis Karkatsoulis (58) the reason is that “While the government does indeed adopt laws and regulations in accordance with the agreements. However, the implementation of reforms is being practically boycotted. ”

EXAMPLES:

► privatization of the Port of Piraeus: the Chinese Cosco Group agreed in April 2015, the takeover of the port management belonging half to the state – including 90-day period for approval of construction projects. Two months later, Greek Prime Minister Tsipras brought a counter-law in Parliament that the canceled the 90-days deadline. Cosco protested in vain.

► Privatization of old Athens airport Elliniko: Two private consortia expressed interest, submitted expansion plans with creation of up to 70,000 jobs. But now, the Ministry of Culture investigates, whether an archaeological excavation area might exist in the Ellinikon area.

► 2015 a law was passed against party’s influence in the administration. However, shortly afterwards, the government appointed 13 school supervisors for the regions, dozens of “government advisers” a for better control.

INERP CEO Prof. Karkatsoulis: “The problem is that the EU does not want to see the truth. They want no new euro crisis.”  – BILD.de in German.

Of course, everyone wants to know the rest of the “internal study” and other nice examples for the sake of argumentation. INERP stands for “Regulatory Policy Research Institute”, an NGO in the field of civil society. Professor Karkatsoulis is a former MP of To Potami and former adviser to ex Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (New Democracy).

PS I don’t know how ‘offended’ the Cosco was, fact is that the Chinese giant is due to take on a 51-percent majority stake in Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) on Wednesday concluding a process that began more than four years ago. Representatives from Cosco, OLP and Greece’s privatization fund, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED), are due to mark the occasion by sounding the opening bell for today’s trading session on the Athens Stock Exchange. More here

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2 comments

  1. It’s true, but as time passes, Greece has less and less control over its economy.

    So I think the ‘implementation’ will improve over time and benefit Greece in the long run.

    • Extremely interesting topic: that MoU3 gave Greece’s creditors “administrative’ authority by which the creditors could act directly, bypassing the Vouli. Do you think this occurred?

      Can you cite any analyses which may discuss this most-interesting development in detail? (I’ve thought that it might even be said that, to some extent, the creditors may have gained the authority “to administer Greece as a protectorate,” at least with respect to the details of some programs &/or of some reforms, etc. This might end the “game” of Greece’s giving “solemn promises” of compliance & then never complying.”

      I THOUGHT this had occurred, until I began to see recent reports like this: “Gov’t plans to recruit 20,000 to civil service” ( http://www.ekathimerini.com/211056/article/ekathimerini/news/govt-plans-to-recruit-20000-to-civil-service ). They suggest Tsipras & Syriza have ZERO intention of complying. Your opinion?