Greece is facing major challenges: the country is highly indebted and its economy in a long-running crisis, many people are without work and, despite some progress, the public administration must continue to improve efficiency levels. Extensive reforms are required in various sectors. The European Commission has been supporting the provision of technical expertise for this change process since 2011 and is coordinating the contributions of several EU member states. Germany, too, is involved in the process. Building on the traditionally close ties between the two countries, the German Government is currently working in the areas of energy, administrative reform and export promotion.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and with financial support from the European Commission, GIZ is currently advising the Greek Ministry for the Environment and Energy on improving the framework for the ongoing development of renewable energies and energy efficiency in Greece. GIZ is also advising the Greek Government on introducing an IT-supported system for preparing and voting on proposed legislation.