But the fact is that Greece needs help to achieve this goal. That help will come in the form of the technical aid, and maybe long loan of personnel, required to help the Greek government collect the tax that is owed to it.
I have seen no mention of this issue of assistance to achieve this goal in any report, so far, but it seems to me that it is absolutely central to the debate to be had. Unless and until it is acknowledged that Greece (and other countries) need help to collect tax owing, and that a new international consensus to beat tax evasion is at the heart of making our economies work again, then progress on Greece, and on Spain and other countries to come, will not happen.
What is that technical assistance that is needed? First, a proper evaluation of the tax gaps of these countries is essential.
Then an analysis on an individual country basis of why the gap is occurring needs to be undertaken so that an effective plan to tackle the issues can be prepared.
At that point it is likely that technical assistance from other authorities with experience of tackling evasion may well be needed: a cross fertilisation of ideas is vital.
So too though is the loan of personnel. Sometimes it is essential that people from outside a country help it in the process of transforming a tax system to collect the tax owing. The reason for that is simply stated: outsiders are harder to corrupt in these situations because the do not face the same risk of future retribution for the actions they take.
Technical assistance is one of the things the troika has been doing. And that technical assitance no longer coming to Athens is one of the things that Syriza hsa just insisted upon.