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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-12-23

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

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  • [01] DIMAR leader Kouvelis stresses the need for the country to turn the page
  • [02] Greek budget primary surplus rose to 3.566 bln euros in Jan-Nov

  • [01] DIMAR leader Kouvelis stresses the need for the country to turn the page

    ANa/MPA---Democratic Left (DIMAR) deputies' refusal to vote for the government proposal on the presidential election translates into their refusal to contribute to the continuation of the current policies, DIMAR leader Fotis Kouvelis said in a statement on Tuesday after the conclusion of the second round of voting for a President of the Republic.

    "The place and the society need to turn the page. Political change is necessary," Kouvelis added.

    Kouvelis also confirmed discussions with SYRIZA saying "I replied to Alexis Tsipras' phone call," adding: "We have asked for a policy framework agreement and an extended conference to discuss all issues of progressive governance."

    [02] Greek budget primary surplus rose to 3.566 bln euros in Jan-Nov

    ANA/MPA---The Greek government on Tuesday announced a primary budget surplus of 3.566 billion euros in the January-November period, up from a primary surplus of 2.778 billion euros in the same period in 2013 and a 2015 budget target for a primary surplus of 2.875 billion euros.

    A Finance ministry report said that the state budget recorded a cash deficit of 1.827 billion euros in the 11-month period, from a deficit of 3.155 billion euros in 2013 and 2015 budget target for a deficit of 2.533 billion euros.

    Net budget revenues totaled 45.928 billion euros in the January-November period, down 2.4 pct from a 2015 budget target, while regular budget net revenues totaled 41.774 billion euros, down 2.2 pct from 2015 budget targets. Tax revenue totaled 39.552 billion euros in the 11-month period, down 1.7 pct from budget targets, with property tax revenues surpassing targets by 0.1 pct, capital transfer tax revenues surpassing targets by 7.7 pct, income tax revenues higher by 2.7 pct, VAT on oil products revenues surpassing targets by 4.9 pct and special energy consumption tax revenues surpassing targets by 1.5 pct.

    Tax returns totaled 3.074 billion euros, up 205 million euros from a 2015 budget target. Public Investment Program revenues totaled 4.154 billion euros, down 203 million euros from 2015 budget targets.

    State budget spending totaled 47.755 billion euros in the January-November period, down 1.828 billion euros from 2015 budget targets, with regular budget spending at 43.207 billion euros (down 1.327 billion euros from targets) reflecting a cut in primary spending by 1.121 billion euros and a reduction in defense spending by 155 million euros. Regular budget spending were down 7.0 pct compared with the same period in 2013.

    Public Investment Program spending totaled 4.547 billion euros in the 11-month period, down 500 million euros from budget targets but up 598 million euros from the same period in 2013.


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