The Task Force for Greece organised its first high level coordination meeting on Wednesday 12 October with the Greek authorities, Member States and international organisations offering technical assistance to Greece.
The full day meeting demonstrated the solidarity of Member States and international organisations with Greece during the current reform process. Discussions allowed for concrete progress with regard to the most urgent needs for technical assistance in some of the priority areas:
kick-starting 100 high level priority structural fund projects that enables best use of the remaining 15bn euro in Greece's 2007-13 structural and cohesion fund; assistance for access to finance for SMEs and crucial PPPs;
a major action plan with the involvement of several Member States and the IMF in the crucial tax, budget and public expenditure areas;
the preparation of concrete administrative reforms in Greece, based on an OECD analysis and possible support from a number of Member States.
Participants stressed the need for the Greek administration to take full ownership and make best possible use of the available technical assistance. It was agreed that there will be future high level coordination meetings every few months.