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Council: Greece Should Improve Statistics

The Council has accepted the findings of the Commission report on the Greek debt and deficit statistics, urging the Greek government to improve its statistics record.

Meanwhile Martin Wolf has a very interesting article about Greece in the FT. He says that a big structural fiscal tightening will generate a deep recession, and possibly a long-term stagnation.

New Deficit Plan for Greece

The Greek government has adopted a new plan to reduce the budget deficit in the next few years. The plan aims to cut the deficit to 8.7 percent of GDP this year, 5.6 percent next year and below 3 percent by 2012. The plan envisages deep cuts in hospital and defence spending. Budget revenue is expected to rise due to higher excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol, an overhaul of the tax system and a crackdown on tax evasion. Greece will send the draft to the European Commission on Friday.

Greece will be urged next week in the Council to improve its economic statistics after a report by the European Commission found “deliberate misreporting of figures by the Greek authorities in 2009”.

EU Legislation in Preparation: Statistical Analysis

The fellow blog EU Law brought my attention to the new Directory of Community legislation in preparation. Then I figured out that it is a good source for a statistical analysis of the number of acts in preparation in various fields of Community law.

Here is a chart with the results:

EU legislation in preparation, May 2009EU legislation in preparation, May 2009

We can see that “External relations” lead with 412 acts (mainly bilateral agreements with non-member countries – 296). The other major themes are “Agriculture” (110 acts), “Transport policy” (91 acts), “Industrial policy and internal market” (118 acts), “Environment, consumers and health protection” (138 acts), and “Area of freedom, security and justice” (114 acts).

This is not to say that the number of acts has something to do with their importance, but gives us an idea about the pressure points in the legislative process.

CSD: Crime Is Rising in Bulgaria

A new survey by the Centre for Study of the Democracy shows that out of 610 000 crimes committed last year only 330 000 (54%) were reported to the police. However, registered crimes in police databases are only 140 000. That means that a large amount of crime reports are filtered out.

In the first few months of 2009 crime rates have tripled, now affecting 3% of the population.