Thursday November 27, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Skepticism in Brussels over early primary surplus estimates

By Eleni Varvitsioti

As envoys from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Bank prepare to return to Athens next week, senior European Union officials have expressed skepticism regarding Greece’s projections of a primary surplus for 2013.

“It is astonishing that they should have the size of the primary surplus at such an early stage,” one EU official who requested anonymity told Kathimerini in response to a question concerning Greek media reports about the primary surplus.

“Eurostat is working very hard and the earliest it could announce something over the size of the primary surplus is April 22. I have no idea whether the Greek government has got the correct figure or what that may be, but I find this astonishing,” the official added, noting that he hoped the reported figures, which are indeed impressive, prove true.

The troika of creditor representatives is due to return to Greece straight after Monday’s Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers.

“There remain some pending issues to resolve before the assessment is completed” so that an initial agreement on the course of the Greek program is reached at the March 10 Eurogroup, the same EU official said. The Greek bonds maturing in May are putting pressure on the troika to complete its assessment “long before” that date.

Regarding the next installment, the most likely scenario provides for the delivery of a double tranche to Greece after the conclusion of the assessment, with the EU official saying that “the April installment will be about 10 billion euros.”

ekathimerini.com , Friday February 14, 2014 (21:48)  
Wednesday’s stock gains wiped out on Thursday
Lower provisions and energy costs boost Greece´s PPC Q3 profit
Eurozone loans to private sector still contracting: ECB
Eurozone economic sentiment rises slightly in November
Independent Greeks MP claims bribe attempt
Independent Greeks MP Stavroula Xoulidou told a Supreme Court prosecutor Thursday that someone claiming to be a New Democracy member approached her via Facebook and offered her up to 3 milli...
Greek FM starts 3-day trip to Turkey on Saturday
Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos starts a two-day visit to Turkey on Saturday for talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. Venizelos, who is also Greece’s deputy premier, is ...
Inside News
SOCCER
Atletico drubs Olympiakos 4-0, leaving Reds with slim chances of CL qualification
Atletico Madrid avenged its 3-2 defeat in Piraeus in September with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday, meaning the Greek champion only has mathematical hopes left for a spot in the next...
SOCCER
Atletico eyes last 16 berth against Olympiakos
Greek champion Olympiakos faces a tough task if it is to prevent last season's beaten finalist Atletico Madrid sealing its passage into the last 16 of the Champions League at the Vicente Cal...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Scraping together the 180 MPs will not be enough
Even if the coalition government was to scrape together the 180-MP majority it needs to elect a new President in the 300-seat House, skeptics say, what will change really? There is one evide...
EDITORIAL
Taking back what’s stolen
A large group of public prosecutors and state officials (coming from various departments) have been working on major corruption cases. Of course it is their duty to do so, yet their actions ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Independent Greeks MP claims bribe attempt
2. Greek FM starts 3-day trip to Turkey on Saturday
3. Wednesday’s stock gains wiped out on Thursday
4. Aristotle University professor apologizes for ‘fascist’ comment
5. Deputy mayor of Iraklio hospitalized after attack
6. Man, 77, detained in Omonia for molesting 12-year-old
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece paralyzed by major strike, flights cancelled
2. Greek diplomat dies in fall under Thai train
3. Greece scrambles to find food, shelter for 700 migrants on crippled ship
4. Chief suspect in Piraeus bar shooting arrested
5. Scraping together the 180 MPs will not be enough
6. Troika talks to continue after failure to wrap up negotiations in Paris
Today
This Week
1. Give Greece a chance
2. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
3. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
4. Extremism from a bygone era
5. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
6. Cosco’s Greek unit adds multinational rail-freight client
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.