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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-03

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM Costas Karamanlis and FinMin discuss economy, state budget

  • [01] PM Costas Karamanlis and FinMin discuss economy, state budget

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and Finance and Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis discussed the course of the economy and of the state budget, as well as the finance ministry's legislative work, during their meeting at the Maximos Mansion on Saturday. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Alogoskoufis said that the course of the economy is positive, as is the case with the course of growth and of employment and the development of all the main economic indexes. The minister also said that the economy's development prospects and its positive course in the future as well are secure due to the reforms carried out in past years.

    He further said that the course of the state budget is satisfactory which, as he said, will close in accordance with the predictions contained in the draft plan and data to be presented in the final plan will also be based on the revised GDP.

    Alogoskoufis stressed that the deficit remains below 3 percent in 2007, despite the fact that we must jointly consider the European Union's contribution due to the revision of the GDP. He added that the targets set for 2008 remain as they have been described in the draft plan.

    As regards the course of his ministry's legislative work, Alogoskoufis said that all bills tabled before the elections that had not been ratified are now in the process of being ratified.

    Lastly, Alogoskoufis said that the pensions bill has been tabled in Parliament and will be discussed in the coming weeks, while the bill on the National Social Cohesion Fund on combatting poverty will be tabled in the next two weeks.

    Karamanlis also discussed environmental and water shortage issues on the same day with Stavros Dimas, the European Commission's Commissioner for environmental affairs.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.


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