Greece sees 2013 primary budget surplus at 1.5 bln euros, says deputy finance minister

Greece’s general government primary surplus last year, as calculated by the country’s international lenders, is estimated at 1.5 billion euros ($2.07 billion), Greece’s deputy finance minister said on Wednesday.

Attaining a primary budget surplus in bailout terms means Athens qualifies for further debt relief by its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), based on a deal in November 2012.