Greek PM Antonio Samaras has defended his government’s 2014 budget as Athens comes under renewed pressure from international creditors, who say it will miss its targets.
- After almost three months of negotiations between the troika and the greek government an agreement for the tranche of 1 bn euros and the next of 4,9 bn euros was impossible. However, Antonis Samaras from Brussels said he is optimistic – explained our correspondent, Efi Koutsokosta.
The Greek premier told reporters:
I think we are ahead of targets. We have produced a primary surplus a year earlier than scheduled. We are still on the negotiation train. I think this cannot be described as an impass. In the contrary I am optimistic that within this year the whole package of this negotiation will positively be addressed and solved.
The European Commission president urged Athens to satisfy the demands of its creditors.