ECONOMY

Finance Ministry to unveil draft 2014 budget, foreseeing growth next year

The Finance Ministry is due to present on Monday its draft budget for 2014, which will forecast growth of 0.6 percent of GDP for next year.

The 2014 budget will also foresee a primary surplus of 2.8 billion euros (1.5 percent of GDP), compared to about 300 million euros this year.

The draft budget might also give a better idea of the fiscal gap that Greece faces next year. The Finance Ministry believes it will be about 600 million euros, whereas the troika expects it to be as much as 3 billion euros.

The final version of the budget is due to be submitted to Parliament at the end of November and could contain a number of changes compared to the draft due to be issued on Monday.