Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece said on Wednesday it expected to beat a 2014 budget target set by its international lenders and may tap bond markets again with an issue of between 3 and 6 billion euros to plug any potential funding gap over the next 12 months.Athens sees a primary budget surplus of 2.3 percent of GDP this year, exceeding a target of 1.5 percent of GDP set by the European Union and International Monetary Fund, Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said.The figures Staikouras announced are part of an updated mid-term budget plan, which the government has submitted for approval to parliament.“The mid-term plan for 2015-18 marks the country’s path towards economic recovery and growth and towards maintaining substantial and sustainable primary budget surpluses,» Staikouras said.Bailed-out Athens has been topping its budget targets and returned to bond markets earlier this month, in a sign of the progress made in fixing its finances after four years of tough austerity measures that wiped out almost a quarter of its GDP and sent unemployment to record highs of nearly 28 percent.The mid-term plan sees Greek real GDP growing by an average 3.3 percent in 2015-2018, leading to an unemployment rate of 15.9 percent by 2018.Greece ended a four-year exile from international bond markets earlier this month with the sale of a five-year bond, and Staikouras said Athens could sell between 3 and 6 billion euros of bonds over the next 12 months.Greece says it will need no third bailout after the two it already received, worth a total 237 billion euros, to cover its 2010-2014 funding needs. Athens’s euro zone lenders are more circumspect and say they are standing by to provide more help if needed.Source: Reuters
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