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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-12-29

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  • [01] Greek budget shows primary surplus of 7.416 bln euros in Jan-Nov
  • [02] Foreign ministry confirms disappearance of Greek ambassador in Brazil

  • [01] Greek budget shows primary surplus of 7.416 bln euros in Jan-Nov

    Greek state budget recorded a primary surplus of 7.416 billion euros in the January-November period this year, from a primary surplus of 4.339 billion in the same period last year and budget target for a surplus of 3.553 billion euros, Finance ministry said on Thursday.

    On an amended cash basis, the state budget showed a surplus of 2.023 billion euros in the 11-month period, from a deficit of 1.245 billion last year and a budget target for a shortfall of 1.852 billion.

    State budget net revenue amounted to 47.942 billion euros, up 3.2 pct from budget targets, while regular budget net revenue grew 3.3 pct from targets to 44.652 billion euros.

    Budget revenues surpassed targets in income tax for individuals (1.9 pct), corporate income tax (13.7 pct) special categories income tax (1.0 pct) and past years direct taxes (2.6 pct). Other direct tax revenue surpassed targets by 2.6 pct, VAT on oil was up 1.0 pct, tax on trading (3.9 pct), tax on tobacco (5.2 pct), other consumption taxes (4.5 pct), indirect taxes (5.2 pct) and EU disbursements (6.9 pct). Other non-tax revenue were up 4.7 pct from targets in the 11-month period.

    On the other hand, budget revenue fell short of budget targets in property taxes (0.9 pct), consumption tax on energy (0.9 pct), vehicle registration stamp (20.4 pct) and privatization revenue (26.1 pct).

    Tax returns totaled 2.681 billion euros, down 201 million euros from budget targets.

    State budget spending amounted to 45.919 billion euros in the January-November period, down 2.373 billion from budget targets in the same period. Regular budget spending was 42.442 billion euros, down 1.290 billion from targets, reflecting a reduction in primary spending by 846 million euros. Spending was 43 million euros compared with the same period last year.

    Public Investment Programme spending was 3.476 billion euros, down 1.084 billion from targets, while revenue was 3.290 billion euros, up 54 million euros from targets.

    In November, state budget revenue totaled 5.133 billion euros, up 563 million from monthly targets, while regular budget revenue was 4.577 billion euros, up 527 million from targets. Tax returns totaled 295 million euros in November, down 111 million from monthly targets.

    State budget spending was 4.422 billion euros in November, down 392 million from monthly targets, while regular budget spending was 3.935 billion euros, down 169 million from monthly targets. Public Investment Programme revenue was 556 million euros, up 36 million from targets, while spending was 486 million euros, down 224 million from targets.

    [02] Foreign ministry confirms disappearance of Greek ambassador in Brazil

    The foreign ministry confirmed on Thursday that Greece's Ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, has been missing since Monday.

    In a press release, the ministry said embassy in Brasilia was informed on Wednesday from the ambassador's family that they had not been able to contact Amiridis since Monday, when he visited Rio for the Christmas holidays.

    "Following the immediate actions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs it requested the full mobilization of all the authorities in Brazil, which began an investigation to gather more information on the case," the ministry said.

    "The ministry and the Greek embassy in Brasilia are monitoring closely the case and shall, in close cooperation with the Brazilian authorities, proceed with all the necessary actions," it added.

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