The First MoU: Piecemeal Change and External Assistance in Conditions of Crisis

  • Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
  • Argyris Passas


This is the first of the book’s three empirical chapters. It places the reform of Greece’s public revenue administration in its historical context, namely the huge crisis that engulfed Greece in the late 2000s. It also examines the process of reform that commenced in late 2009 even before the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), discusses the content of that MoU (signed in 2010) and then traces the implementation of its provisions that relate to Greece’s public revenue administration up until the end of 2011. It also highlights (a) the key features of the technical assistance programme that was associated with the implementation of the first MoU and (b) the absence of programme ownership across government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
    • 1
  • Argyris Passas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of International, European and Area StudiesPanteion University of Social and Political SciencesAthensGreece

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