The Task Force for Greece
The Task Force is a resource at the disposal of the Greek authorities as they seek to build a modern and prosperous Greece, characterised by economic opportunity and social equity, and served by an efficient administration with a strong public service ethos. Reforming Greek public administration requires sustained effort and a determination to change on the part of Greek government and all parts of society. Through the creation of the Task Force, Greece's European partners are demonstrating their strong will to assist Greece in this venture.
On 20 July 2011, President Barroso launched a Task Force to provide technical assistance to Greece after consultations with the Greek Prime Minister. The President's proposals were supported by the 23-24 June 2011 European Council. The purpose of the Task Force is to identify and coordinate the technical assistance that Greece needs to deliver of the EU/IMF adjustment programme and accelerate the absorption of EU funds. Its work focuses on economic growth, competitiveness and employment and it provides quarterly progress reports to the Greek authorities and to the European Commission. The Task Force is based in Brussels with an office in Athens. It reports to the President and works under the political guidance of Vice President Olli Rehn.
About the Task Force
- Horst Reichenbach – Head of the Task Force for Greece
- Georgette Lalis – Head of the Athens Office
- Press release (IP/13/981 – 22 October 2013)
- Press memo (MEMO/13/920 – 22 October 2013)
- Press release (IP/13/377 – 29 April 2013)
- Press memo (MEMO/13/389 – 29 April 2013)
- Press release (IP/12/1382 – 17 December 2012)
- Press memo (MEMO/12/995 – 17 December 2012)
- Short video illustrating the work of the Task Force
- Press memo "One year of Task Force for Greece" (MEMO/12/784) – 15 October 2012
- Press release "Growth for Greece" (IP/12/377) - 18 April 2012
- Press memo "Growth and jobs for Greece" (MEMO/12/255) - 18 April 2012
- Press release (IP/12/242 – 15 March 2012)
- Press release (IP/11/1360 – 17 November 2011)
- Press release (IP/11/1183 – 13 October 2011)
- Press memo (MEMO/11/599 – 13 September 2011)
- Photo gallery
- Press contacts: Simon O´Connor (tel. +32 (0) 2 29 67359) - Pia Seppala (tel. +32 (0) 2 29 92488)
- Reference documents and reports
- Is the Task Force making a difference?
- Are the Greek authorities making use of the Task Force?
- What is 'technical assistance'?
- Who pays for technical assistance?
- How does technical assistance work in practical terms?
- What budget does the Task Force have for funding technical assistance?
- Could you give concrete examples of technical assistance provided by EU member countries?
- What are concrete examples of how the Task Force is leveraging Commission and Member State expertise to help modernise the Greek state?
- Detailed background on tax administration technical assistance