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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-12-10

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

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  • [01] Greece passes 2017 budget
  • [02] Tsipras: 2017 will be a milestone for Greece's exit from the crisis

  • [01] Greece passes 2017 budget

    The SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government late on Saturday passed the 2017 budget in Parliament with 152 votes.

    All opposition parties (New Democracy, Golden Dawn, PASOK, Communist Party KKE, Potami and Centrists Unions) voted against as well as independent deputies (146). Two deputies were absent.

    [02] Tsipras: 2017 will be a milestone for Greece's exit from the crisis

    The Greek economy stabilized in 2016 and returned to growth rates, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday during the debate on 2017 budget in Parliament.

    Tsipras stressed that 2017 will be a milestone for Greece's exit from the crisis adding that the 2017 budget is a budget of optimism, growth and recovery.

    "The 1.75 primary surplus target for 2017 will be surpassed, and it will reach 2 percent," he underlined.

    Regarding unemployment, he said that it was reduced from 27 percent to 23 percent and it is expected to drop even further.

    The aim of the government is the second programme review to be concluded as soon as possible in order to get prepared for the return to the markets. On labour issues, he said that the government will not accept reforms that are not included in the EU acquis.

    Tsipras added that the 2017 budget provides for 300 million euros in the sectors of health and education.

    The Greek people trusted us to take the country out of the crisis that you (former New Democracy government) have caused; it gave us a four-year mandate that we will see through, Tsipras stressed.

    A roll call vote on the 2017 budget will be held at midnight.


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