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Hardouvelis: Next months to shape the future

Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis said on Tuesday the country still has the support of its European partners and the government is determined to continue with reforms, insisting “the next few months will determine the coming decade in Greece.”

In his address to the 2nd Annual Economic Congress of the Hellenic Association of Entrepreneurs (EENE), Hardouvelis said: “My contacts with my European colleagues have convinced me that everyone wants Greece to succeed and therefore they will support the Greek government. It also goes without saying that the government will continue to implement reforms that further boost the long-term prospects of the economy.”

Illustrating what is at stake in the coming months, the minister said: “We need to have confidence in and commitment to the plan we have drafted. We must not backtrack… There are just a few things left for us to do before we can stand on our own feet, which should not only be everyone’s aim but also the only way toward recovery. It is this final stretch... which will determine what happens in the future.”

Hardouvelis further stressed that the economy must shift toward an outward-looking growth model, relying on an improvement in the progress of structural reforms, the return of the local credit system as the funding force of the economy, and the acceleration of sell-offs.

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