In a call that is likely to be met with resistance in countries such as Germany - which is contributing the largest amount to the ongoing bailout of Greece - Mr Strauss-Kahn said short-term fiscal transfers between member states should be introduced.
The IMF head told the Financial Times: "What you need is stronger surveillance and tools to organize transfers from one part of the area to other parts."
He stressed that such measures should not be employed on a long-term basis and he was not proposing that the likes of Germany would permanently prop up weaker economies such as those in Portugal and Greece.
Last month, Mr Strauss-Kahn warned that if the economic difficulties of Greece were not successfully tackled, its financial problems may spread to other countries in the European Union.
By Asim Shah