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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-08-26

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] State budget primary surplus at 3.550 mln euros in January-July
  • [02] President Pavlopoulos sends a message of unity from the Lake in Evia
  • [03] Annual growth rate of total credit to domestic private sector at -1.6 pct
  • [04] Two injured in Chios fire

  • [01] State budget primary surplus at 3.550 mln euros in January-July

    According to the data available for the execution of the State Budget on a modified cash basis, the State Budget balance for the period of January - July of 2016 presented a deficit of 832 million Euros, against the target of 2016 Budget of deficit of 3.486 million Euros and the deficit of 840 million Euros for the same period of 2015.

    The State Budget Primary Balance amounted to a surplus of 3,550 million Euros, against the primary surplus target of 874 million Euros and the primary surplus of 3,712 million Euros performed at the same period of the previous year.

    State Budget net revenues amounted to 27,998 million Euros, showing an underperformance of 641 million Euros or 2.2% against the target.

    Ordinary Budget net revenues amounted to 25,951 million Euros, 401 million Euros or 1.6%, higher than the target.

    Particularly, during the period of January-July 2016, there was an increase against the target in the following main revenue categories:

    a) Direct Tax Arrears by 127 million Euros or 12.1%,

    b) Other direct taxes by 66 million Euros or 4.3%,

    c) VAT tobacco by 79 million Euros or 21.2%,

    d) VAT other by 251 million Euros or 3.6%,

    e) Tax on Vehicles by 38 million Euros or 58.5%,

    f) Other Excise Taxes (Tobacco, etc) by 244 million Euros or 15.2%,

    g) Indirect Tax Arrears by 241 million Euros or 80.9%,

    h) Drawings From E.U. by 148 million Euros or 164.0%,

    i) Other Non-Tax Revenue by 306 million Euros or 13.7%.

    During the same period there was an underperformance against the target in the following main revenue categories:

    a) Personal Income Tax (PIT) by 126 million Euros or 2.8%,

    b) Income tax other by 87 million Euros or 11.6%,

    c) VAT Fuel by 160 million Euros or 15.5%,

    d) Excise Tax on Fuel by 33 million Euros or 1.4%,

    e) Other Consumption Taxes by 127 million Euros or 43.4%,

    f) Other Indirect Taxes by 46 million Euros or 18.8%,

    g) Liquidity support plan proceeds by 72 million Euros or 46.5%,

    h) ANFA's & SMP's revenues by 225 million Euros or 37.5%,

    i) Privatization proceeds by 87 million Euros or 61,2%

    Tax refunds (excluding those from the arrears clearance programme) amounted to 1,720 million Euros, increased against the Budget 2016 target (1,500 million Euros) by 220 million Euros.

    PIB revenues amounted to 2,047 million Euros, decreased against the target by 1,043 million Euros.

    Particularly, in July 2016 the State Budget net revenues amounted to 5,011 million Euros, 776 million Euros lower than the monthly target.

    Ordinary Budget net revenues amounted to 4,991 million Euros, 375 million Euros lower than the monthly target.

    The decrease in July 2016 revenues is mainly due to:

    a) Personal Income Tax (PIT) by 272 million Euros

    b) Income tax other by 55 million Euros,

    c) Other direct taxes by 45 million Euros

    d) VAT tobacco by 41 million Euros

    e) Other excise taxes (tobacco, etc) by 160 million Euros

    f) Other non-tax revenue by 132 million Euros.

    In July 2016, the main revenue categories that increased against the monthly target are the following:

    a) Corporate Income Tax (CIT) by 295 million Euros

    b) Property taxes by 42 million Euros

    c) VAT other by 37 million Euros,

    Tax refunds (excluding those from the arrears clearance programme) for the period of July 2016 amounted to 249 million Euros, increased against the monthly target (209 million Euros) by 40 million Euros.

    PIB revenues for the period of July 2016 amounted to 19 million Euros, decreased against the target by 401 million Euros.

    State Budget expenditures for the period of January - July of 2016 amounted to 28,830 million Euros, 3,295 million Euros lower than the target (32,126 million Euros).

    Specifically, ordinary Budget expenditures amounted to 27,125 million Euros and were decreased by 2,395 million Euros against the target, mainly due to the reduction of primary expenditure by 2,003 million Euros.

    Ordinary Budget expenditures were increased compared to the respective period of 2015 by 609 million Euros. Expenditures increased by 390 million Euros for grants to hospitals, 122 million Euros for allowance for tackling humanitarian crisis, 162 million Euros for agricultural subsidies and 46 million Euros for military procurement for the Ministry of National Defence.

    PIB expenditure amounted to 1,705 million Euros, lower by 900 million Euros than the target.

    [02] President Pavlopoulos sends a message of unity from the Lake in Evia

    Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who is visiting the Lake in Evia, that has suffered severe damages from a recent fire, sent a strong message of unity on Friday.

    "This place teaches us a lot. The people here express optimism and determination," he underlined and added: "You are teaching us how to deal with a deep crisis, which is likely to cause a rupture in the social fabric."

    "And we can deal with it provided that we are united," Pavlopoulos said.

    "We should not however underestimate the individual differences of the democratic forces. We need to recognize and respect them. But there is no excuse before important issues; we should all be united," he stressed.

    [03] Annual growth rate of total credit to domestic private sector at -1.6 pct

    In July 2016, the annual growth rate of total credit extended to the domestic private sector stood at -1.6% from -2.0% in the previous month. The monthly net flow of total credit to the domestic private sector was negative at 638 million euros, compared with a positive net flow of 479 million euros in the previous month.

    In July 2016, the monthly net flow of credit to corporations was negative at 378 million euros, compared with a positive net flow of 566 million euros in the previous month, while the annual growth rate of credit stood at -0.4%, against -1.0% in the previous month. In particular, the annual growth rate of credit to non-financial corporations was 0.0%, from -0.7% in the previous month and the monthly net flow of credit to non-financial corporations was negative at €231 million, against a positive net flow of 355 million euros in the previous month. The annual growth rate of credit to insurance corporations and other financial intermediaries stood at -4.4% in July 2016, from -6.0% in the previous month, while the monthly net flow of credit was negative at 146 million euros, compared with a positive net flow of 211 million euros in the previous month.

    In July 2016, the monthly net flow of credit to sole proprietors and unincorporated partnerships was negative at 34 million euros, compared with a positive net flow of 10 million euros in the previous month and its annual growth rate stood at -1.7%, from -1.6% in the previous month.

    In July 2016, the monthly net flow of credit to individuals and private non-profit institutions was negative at 226 million euros, compared with a negative net flow of 97 million euros in the previous month, while its annual growth rate stood at -2.8%, from -3.0% in the previous month.

    [04] Two injured in Chios fire

    Authorities on the island of Chios, where a fire broke out earlier on Friday, ordered the evacuation of the village of Sidirounta.

    One woman suffered severe burns all over her body and another was wounded in the leg. A lot of houses have suffered damages.

    Meanwhile, two fires that broke out late Thursday in the areas of Aspropyrgos and Menidi, southwest and west of Athens, are under control on Friday.


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