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Parliamentary questions
26 April 2012
P-003488/2012
Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission

1. Government deficit and debt statistics are compiled and reported according to the rules of ESA95. The Commission (Eurostat) verifies the government data reported by the Member States in Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) notification tables. The Commission (Eurostat) has published Greek EDP data on three consecutive occasions since November 2010 without reservation, and this reflects the degree of significant improvement in Greek fiscal statistics and compliance with ESA95 rules.

2. There were significant problems in the Greek EDP reporting in the past. These problems led the Commission (Eurostat) to publish Greek fiscal data with reservations on many occasions. Following major difficulties with the October 2009 EDP notification, The Commission (Eurostat) undertook a series of EDP Methodological visits to Greece. A detailed account of the Greek EDP problems, as well as of the actions of the Commission (Eurostat), can be found in the following reports and the letter of the Eurostat's Director General, Mr Walter Radermacher, to the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry.

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/COM_2010_REPORT_GREEK/EN/COM_2010_REPORT_GREEK-EN.PDF

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/government_finance_statistics/documents/Greece%20-%202010 %20methodological%20visits%20report.pdf

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/GR_LETTER_26_03_2012/EN/GR_LETTER_26_03_2012-EN.PDF

3. The quality of Greek Government deficit and debt statistics reported by the Greek statistical office (ELSTAT) have significantly improved, as established by the facts mentioned under point 1.

OJ C 130 E, 07/05/2013
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