Entrevista da Agência de Notícias de Atenas (ANA) ao Ministro das Finanças e Presidente do Eurogrupo - XXI Governo - República Portuguesa

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2018-03-06 às 16h36

Entrevista da Agência de Notícias de Atenas (ANA) ao Ministro das Finanças e Presidente do Eurogrupo

You have repeatedly stressed that the most important thing from now on it’s for Greece to have the ownership of the reforms. Could you elaborate more on this?

Greece has entered its 8th year of adjustment. Such a long period of economic, social and political fatigue has left a mark on the economy. It was a very difficult process, in particular for the Greek people.

But Greece is a different country today. Structurally, there were critical improvements vis-à-vis the future. Nearly every sector of the economy was reformed, modernized and made sustainable. The budget deficit was reduced from 15% in 2009 to surplus now. These are landmark achievements that many countries could look up to.

But 8 years was too long a process. A stronger ownership of the process of adjustment by Greece could have delivered much sooner some of the good results we see today. Ownership has played a key part in regaining confidence of investors and European partners in the last couple of years.

It also helps to explain the rebound in growth. I hope this trend of sound policies will remain because I want Greece to continue to prosper. I see enormous potential in Greece.»

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