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Moscovici: Greece is closer to an agreement


Eurostats figures confirm that the Greek economy is outperforming as it has returned to growth, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday said during a meeting with EU Commission for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici.

"According to 2017 and 2018 estimates, Greece will have 2.5 percent and 3.0 percent growth rates," he stated, reported.

The Greek Prime Minister underlined that these results are the result of the Greek peoples sacrifices. Tsipras stressed that everyone must acknowledge the importance of these figures and honour the sacrifices of the Greek people.

Enough with austerity in Greece, Tsipras said adding that a discussion of a one euro more of austerity can be damaging. What we need is relief measures, he stated and stressed the importance of creating an alliance of the reasonable states.

On his part, Moscovici expressed his optimism over an agreement and the conclusion of the second review of the Greek programme.

Moscovici said that we are closer to an agreement and we will be even closer in the next few days. He added that the aim of February 20 Eurogroup is to set the parametres of the agreement. "We need a strong Greece in the core of the eurozone," he said.

Moscovici thanked Greece for the progress achieved and stressed the importance of continuing the reforms.

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