February 7, 2017

Greece has spent years engulfed by an economic crisis brought on by runaway government spending, an enormous public sector, a massive regulatory bureaucracy, unstable monetary policy, and an inconsistent rule of law. A new video from Atlas Network partner Greek Liberties Monitor, “In Plain Greek,” explains the problem in easy-to-understand terms and proposes concrete steps that must be taken to achieve a lasting solution. The video has been viewed nearly 100,000 times on Facebook as of Feb. 7, a viral hit for media of this type in Greece.

“Laws need to be simple, frugal, and easy to understand,” explains Panagiotis Karkatsoulis, co-founder of the Institute for Regulatory Policy Research, in the video (translated from Greek). “Today we have 4,435 laws that give birth to further regulations. It's been measured that each law on average is followed by 10 presidential decrees and 70 executive orders by the respective ministries. In addition, one in three laws have earmarks and special provisions that are irrelevant to the original content.”

The video includes animated graphics and kinetic text to help readers visualize the data that Karkatsoulis discusses.

“The main victims of this situation are the businesses and citizens that have to deal with the state bureaucracy,” Karkatsoulis continues. “It takes six years to get a primary court decision. The solution: Each law should be limited in scope. Greece needs a Constitutional court. There should be no laws passed without a cost-benefit analysis. We should not allow earmarks that promote cronyism. We should have a system in place that would observe what is legal and what illegal at any given moment, a legislative observatory.”

This “In Plain Greek” video featuring Karkatsoulis is the first in a planned series that will feature other experts using easily understandable language to make the economic and social problems facing Greece accessible to broad audiences.