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EU Reviews Impact Of Task Force For Greece

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

16 February 2016


The European Court of Auditors has said that the Task Force for Greece set up in 2011 to help improve the country's public administration and tax system has had "mixed results."

In a report released on February 16, the Court of Auditors, the EU's spending watchdog, examined whether the Task Force had fulfilled its mandate and whether the assistance had made an effective contribution to reform. The auditors concluded that while technical assistance was delivered to Greece in accordance with the mandate, the reforms were often left incomplete.

"Although the Task Force proved itself as a mechanism for delivering complex technical assistance, there were weaknesses in the design of some projects and only mixed results in terms of influence on the progress of reform," said Baudilio Tomé Muguruza, the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible for the report.

The auditors noted that progress on structural spending was satisfactory, but only "partially effective" in public administration and tax reform.

However, it was also observed by the auditors that the Task Force was set up very rapidly without a dedicated budget or a clear set of strategic objectives designed to help it deliver its objectives. In addition, the report suggested that the performance of the Task Force has been hampered by the "volatile political situation" prevailing in Greece.

TAGS: tax | budget | audit | Greece | tax reform | European Union (EU) | Europe

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