Enhanced Surveillance Report – Greece, September 2020 Communication from the Commission and accompanying Commission Staff Working Document
Subject headingsMacroeconomics Development ; Labour and product markets ; Financial Sector ; Social Welfare
Economic developments and policies in Greece are monitored under the European Semester for economic policy co-ordination and under the enhanced surveillance framework according to Regulation (EU) No 472/2013 (1). The implementation of enhanced surveillance for Greece (2) acknowledges the fact that Greece needs to continue implementing measures to address the sources or potential sources of economic and financial difficulties, while implementing structural reforms to support a robust and sustainable economic growth. Enhanced surveillance provides a comprehensive framework for monitoring economic developments and the pursuit of policies needed to ensure a sustainable economic recovery. It allows for a regular assessment of recent economic and financial developments in Greece, as well as for monitoring sovereign financing conditions and updates of the debt sustainability analysis. Enhanced surveillance also provides the framework for assessing the general commitment given by Greece to the Eurogroup of 22 June 2018, to continue and complete reforms adopted under the European Stability Mechanism programme and to ensure that the objectives of the important reforms adopted under the financial assistance programmes are safeguarded. In that context, enhanced surveillance monitors the implementation of specific commitments to complete key structural reforms started under the programme, in six key areas by agreed deadlines up to mid-2022, namely: (i) fiscal and fiscal-structural policies, (ii) social welfare, (iii) financial stability, (iv) labour and product markets, (v) Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations and privatisation, and (vi) the modernisation of public administration (3). This is the seventh enhanced surveillance report for Greece. The report is based on the findings of a mission held remotely on 13-14 July 2020 and regular dialogue with the authorities. The mission was conducted by the European Commission in liaison with the European Central Bank (4); the International Monetary Fund participated in the context of its Post-Programme Monitoring framework, while the European Stability Mechanism participated in the context of its Early Warning System and in line with the Memorandum of Understanding of 27 April 2018, on working relations between the European Commission and European Stability Mechanism
Number of pages130p.
DescriptionCOM(2020) 618 final