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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-29

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  • [01] Some fiscal measures may be avoided if revenues continue to rise, says minister
  • [02] ND spokesman sues government counterpart for slander

  • [01] Some fiscal measures may be avoided if revenues continue to rise, says minister

    The biggest challenge for 2018, if revenues have increased, will be not to have to implement several of the fiscal measures which have been passed since August, Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Chouliarakis said during a debate in a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

    The minister said that European institutions and independent organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimate the Greek economy will return to positive growth rates as of this summer and will remain high in the next few years.

    He also said that data from the country's statistics agency which will be published next Thursday foresee a primary surplus of 0.2 pct of GDP for 2015, or 880 million euros, compared to a budget target for 0.25 pct.

    Commenting on the budget execution, Chouliarakis said there are "very encouraging data" as in January 2016 there is a significant overrun of the monthly primary surplus target. "This development is due to the successful implementation of the measures voted in August and if continued "will allow us in the medium-term to take less measures for 2017 and 2018," he added.

    [02] ND spokesman sues government counterpart for slander

    Main opposition New Democracy spokesman George Koumoutsakos on Tuesday initiated legal proceedings to sue his government counterpart Olga Gerovassili for slander, in response to comments she made at the weekend concerning possible links between Koumoutsakos and journalists accused of setting up a blackmail and extortion ring.

    Justice would now have its say, Koumoutsakos said, accusing Gerovassili of attempting "a deliberate slur on his character". As soon as the lawyers' strike had ended, he would proceed with the next step in filing a lawsuit, he said.

    Commenting on Koumoutsakos' decision to file a lawsuit, in response to questions during the regular press briefing on Tuesday, Gerovassili said it was "a mistake when someone does not want to reply on an issue, to try to present a political issue as personal."

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