Greek Economy Minister: Bold Measures Against Corruption Needed



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The European governments’ fight against corruption needs to be given with bold measures, Greek Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis underlined while representing Athens at a European Union Competitiveness Council meeting.

Addressing the Council, the Greek Economy Minister distinguished the importance of the Single Market in the function of the European Union, as well as the positive steps taken toward that direction, despite the “serious delays that prevent maximizing its benefits.” As he highlighted, “at this stage, we must pay special attention so that the European Union is not led to deregulation on key sectors, such as labor relations and the environment, of which inevitably member-states operate in different regulatory systems,” explaining that for this reason “it is important to homogenize the settings, building on the best of practices and incorporating them into national laws.”

Referring to the necessity of bold measures in licensing, the fight against corruption, the management of public procurement and the importance of a stable taxation system, Stathakis said the Single Market should also regulate toward that end. Furthermore, commenting on the European Commission’s selected areas for the simplification of authorization and mutual recognition procedures, the Greek Minister underlined that it is important to take those criteria into account, safeguarding and strengthening the position of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the European economy, as they are the backbone of European growth and competitiveness.