29/04/2013 um 12:30
Wo: Brussels, Belgium
Thema: Institutionelle Fragen
Veranstalter: Europäische Kommission
The Commission's Task Force for Greece (TFGR) presents its fourth quarterly report on technical assistance for Greece. The report describes the assistance provided by the Task Force, the Member States, international organisations and other specialist bodies to support Greece in the implementation of comprehensive programme of reforms.
Over the past quarter, the Greek authorities have made greater use of technical assistance to support a wider range of reforms. The report will give a comprehensive review on the 93 work-streams in 12 principal policy fields the TFGR is presently working on.
On 20 July 2011, following consultation with the Greek Prime Minister, President Barroso established the Task Force to provide technical assistance to Greece. This initiative has been strongly was supported by the European Council, which, on 21 July 2011, declared that "…Member States and the Commission will immediately mobilise all resources necessary in order to provide exceptional technical assistance to help Greece implement its reforms…"
The Task Force for Greece (TFGR) started operating in September 2011 and its mandate is to identify and coordinate the technical assistance that Greece needs in order to deliver commitments it has undertaken in its economic adjustment programme. It also seeks to accelerate the absorption of EU funds in order to sustain economic growth, competitiveness and employment.
It reports to President Barroso and works under the political guidance of Vice President Olli Rehn. The Head of the Task Force, Horst Reichenbach, submits quarterly progress reports to the Greek authorities and to the Commission.
The Task Force consists of around 50 people and is based jointly in Brussels and Athens.
The Task Force was created to help Greece to implement its challenging reform agenda, and lay solid foundations for a return to growth and job-creation.
Mr Horst Reichenbach, the Head of the Task Force for Greece, will present the main findings of the technical assistance at an off-the-record technical briefing in the Commission's press room on 29 April at 12h30. The report, press release and a memo will be available on the day.