ATHENS, Sept 13 Greece expects a primary budget
surplus of 0.8 percent for this year, a central bank official
said on Tuesday, adding that the European Central Bank backs
Greece's efforts to lower primary surplus targets below 3.5
percent of GDP after 2018.
"The ECB is 100 percent with us ... but it's up to the
Eurogroup to decide," the official told reporters, declining to
The Greek economy is seen growing by 2.5 percent in 2017,
lower than the 2.7 percent projected by the country's European
and International Monetary Fund lenders, the official said after
meeting with representatives of the country's lenders who are in
Athens for talks.
"For 2017 we are expecting growth of 2.5 percent mainly from
foreign investment, provided privatizations move ahead as
planned," the official said.
(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by Karolina Tagaris)