Ifo Institute criticises slow pace of reforms in Greece
The Munich-based Ifo criticised the slow pace Greece.
“The requirements of the third bailout package for Greece have only been halfheartedly implemented in the last seven months, but fresh funding is being used,” said Niklas Potrafke, Director of the Ifo Institute has of reform in Center for Public Finance and Economy on Monday.
A new privatisation fund supervised by European institutions, for example, has not been set up to date, and the old HRDAF fund continues to control the assets to be privatised.
“In view of procedures
Political questionable whether these privatisations can really generate 50 billion euros. In the past they have only produced single figure billion sums.
The privatisation goals of recent years have not been met and targets have been repeatedly downwardly revised,” explained Potrafke.
Although the discounted VAT rate was abolished on six Greek islands on 1 October 2015, the lower tax rate continues to apply on several others.
Moreover, after the general strike in February, it seems unlikely that the government will be able to demand higher pension contributions.