Second post-MoU review hinges on NPL plan and protection for primary residencesEconomyProgramme
An uncomfortable Euro Working Group meeting last week has left Athens with much to do in the coming days as it seeks to obtain the green light for the disbursement of the ANFA and SMP bond profits in March.
Jan economic sentiment at 99.6 as consumer confidence posts best reading since 2009EconomyMacroeconomy
Greece’s economic sentiment (ESI) was down by 1.3 points to 99.6 in January compared to a reading of 100.9 points in December 2018, European Commission (EC) figures revealed on Wednesday.
Economic sentiment at 101.6 in December, consumer confidence and retail trade strengthenEconomyMacroeconomy
Greece’s economic sentiment (ESI) down by 0.2 points to 101.6 in December from 101.8 in November, European Commission (EC) figures revealed on Tuesday.
After 2019 budget, lenders turn attention to Greek post-MoU reform tasksEconomyProgramme
Greece is not expected to feature prominently at Monday’s Eurogroup but eurozone finance ministers are expected to give the 2019 budget the final green light and urge Athens to quickly shift its attention to the 16 post-programme actions that have to be completed by February.
ESI up to 101.8 in November, consumer confidence rises for sixth straight month, jumping by 2.5 ptsEconomyMacroeconomy
Greece’s economic sentiment (ESI) rose by 0.8 points to 101.8 in November from 101 in October, European Commission (EC) figures revealed on Thursday.
European Commission approves 2019 budget, urges focus to meet end of year reform goalsEconomyProgramme
As part of the European semester package, the European Commission issued on Wednesday the first report for Greece under the enhanced surveillance framework that came into effect following the conclusion of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) programme last August.
Council of Europe report warns over austerity-inflamed inequality in educationSociety
A report on Greece by the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe has outlined how austerity damaged the country’s education system and exacerbated inequality in accessing education.
EC autumn forecast lowers growth for 2019 on pending budget finalisationEconomyMacroeconomy
The European Commission (EC) issued on Thursday its regular autumn forecasts for 2018, the first forecast since 2010 that Greece is not in an adjustment programme.
Lenders focus on closing any fiscal gap for 2019 ahead of November 19 EurogroupEconomyProgramme
Monday’s Eurogroup did not provide any definitive answers regarding the negotiations between Greece and the institution over the 2019 budget but the indications are that Athens will be allowed to scrap next year’s pension cuts if it can re-assure the lenders that the 3.5 percent of GDP primary surplus will not be put at risk.
IMF distances itself from budget talks, leaving Athens and EU to hammer out dealEconomyProgramme
The International Monetary Fund has officially indicated that although it believes Greece should implement the pension cuts it has agreed for next year, it will leave it up to Athens and its European lenders to come to an arrangement over the 2019 budget.