Athens - Greece should climb strongly away next year from a six-year recession which axed a quarter of its economy, turning in growth of 2.9 percent, deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Monday.
The minister held to a forecast of a return to growth of 0.6 percent this year, an estimate which many economists think is unduly optimistic.
“We are going to convert the current stability into viable growth and social cohesion,” he told a press conference on the budget.
The forecast for next year points to a strong upturn but from an exceptionally low point since the Greek economy and people are still weighed down by pension and pay cuts and a mountain of debt.
The country, which has been through six years of trauma following a rescue from near bankruptcy and radical economic reforms, has just benefited from a highly successful tourism season.