IMF mission chief to Greece says ambitious surplus targets could constrain the economy

“‘As a member of the eurozone, Greece has lost the ability to implement an independent monetary policy. The fiscal constraints mean that there are very few tools left with which to boost economic activity,’ [Peter Dolman] said.

Referring to the 2.2 percent primary surplus target after 2022, Dolman said it will be very challenging to meet the forecasts of the European Commission’s Compliance Report in this fiscal environment. ‘At this time, we consider the realistic forecast for real growth in Greece is 1 percent annually. Our own research, based on the historical record, shows that a country cannot maintain a positive primary balance above 1.5 of GDP for such a long period.’”

http://www.ekathimerini.com/230462/article/ekathimerini/business/imf-mission-chief-to-greece-says-ambitious-surplus-targets-could-constrain-the-economy

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