Measurement and Reduction of Administrative Burdens in Greece

Measurement and Reduction of Administrative Burdens in Greece

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01 Sep 2014
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This report summarises the results of the joint project of the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Government and the OECD on measuring and reducing administrative burdens in 13 key sectors of the Greek economy.

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  • Foreword

    Greece has been hit particularly hard by the crisis. GDP contracted by almost 30% during 2007-2013, and unemployment soared to about 27% in 2013, particularly among the young. Steps have been taken to strengthen the public finances – the Achilles’ heel of the Greek economy – and put in place comprehensive structural reforms to restore growth and competitiveness over the longer term. These efforts are beginning to bear fruit, and the worst of the crisis is likely to be behind us.

  • Preface by HE Kyriakos Mitsotakis

    Over the past four years, the Greek people have shown an enormous degree of determination and perseverance as they have had to weather the consequences of an unprecedented financial crisis. Fiscal stabilization has involved considerable sacrifice especially by those most vulnerable economically in society. Thankfully, these sacrifices were not made in vein. Greece has made incredible progress lately, reflected not only in OECD and World Bank indicators, but also in the fact that a primary surplus for the 2013 budget is a reality for the first time since 1948.

  • Preface by Horst Reichenbach

    For the last years, Greek society has been undergoing a painful transition process, driven by the need to restore public finances and tackle other macroeconomic imbalances. Lasting stability and a return to prosperity also require deep structural reforms in the economy.

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  • Executive summary

    Improving the regulatory environment is a precondition for Greece to successfully stimulate economic activity, create jobs and raise productivity. As the OECD and World Bank indicators show, the Greek government has been paying a lot of attention to the issue of the quality of regulatory environment and corrected a number of important gaps in the functioning of regulation since the onset of the crisis. However, much remains to be done to improve the business climate in Greece and to converge the Greek regulatory policy with the OECD best practice.

  • Measuring administrative burdens in Greece

    A myriad of factors – economic, social, cultural and political – have led to the current economic crisis in Greece. As the OECD has stressed before, a range of responses must be employed if Greece is to successfully revitalise its economy and chart a sustainable path to restore market confidence and economic growth. Addressing public finance issues must be complemented by structural reforms in various areas such as the area of regulatory policy.

  • Administrative burdens in 13 key Greek sectors: Results and recommendations

    As is illustrated by the data, over three-quarters of the administrative burdens measured accrue in three of the priority areas: Tax (VAT), Company Law and Annual Accounts, and Public Procurement. This implies that efforts in these policy areas will yield the biggest reductions in administrative burdens in total, and therefore should be prioritised. This is not to imply that important regulatory savings which will be keenly felt by individual businesses cannot be generated in the other 10 priority areas, given that they still account for just under a quarter of the administrative burdens measured.

  • Reducing administrative burdens in Greece: Assessment and recommendations

    Regulations and formalities are important tools used by governments to provide services and to carry out public policies in many areas. Administrative burdens have tended to grow in number and complexity, as governments need more information to implement their policies and target their regulations and instruments on more specific issues and populations. The growing use of formalities has become a major problem, known as "red tape" or administrative burdens. Formalities increase costs and multiply barriers for businesses through the time and money needed for compliance. This can, in addition, reduce regulatory certainty, a key parameter for businesses.

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