- The structural reform agenda has been geared towards enhancing competitiveness, increasing flexibility and improving the business environment. A wide range of reform measures has been adopted under the Programme to alleviate nominal rigidities, facilitate adjustment, reduce excessive rents and foster a reallocation of resources toward the tradable sector. Important measures have also been taken toreduce red tape and raise the efficiency of the judicial system. The competition and regulatory frameworks have been significantly overhauled so as to create a level-playing field for market participants and protect consumers. Various synthetic indicators e.g. by the OECD and the World Bank suggest that overall these reforms have made Portugal a more flexible economy and a more attractive investment location. While reforms are starting to bear fruit, “unfinished business” remains in a number of key areas, notably the labour market, network industries (particularly energy and transport), services and regulated professions and public administration. In light of this, the Government has documented its commitment to continue the reform efforts, focusing both on the effective implementation of the reforms already adopted and identifying and tackling remaining areas for reform. Priority areas to be addressed in the post-programme period are being laid down in a medium-term reform strategy document, adopted on 17 May 2014. In addition, the lack of a robust and systematic monitoring and impact assessment of the measures adopted during the Programme is an important impediment to evaluating the effects of the reforms, calling for a more comprehensive and systematic approach in the post-programme period.
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