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BoG Governor: IMF underestimates progress made in Greece

Featured BoG Governor: IMF underestimates progress made in Greece

The letter is a response to the IMF’s report published on Monday which proposed, among other measures, broadening the personal income tax base and rationalizing pension spending and reducing non-performing loans (NPLs).

“Given that the general government’s primary surplus may reach 2 percent of GDP, versus a target of 0.5 percent of GDP, the fund’s fiscal forecasts raise many questions,” Stournaras says, adding the IMF is also very pessimistic concerning future economic developments, including a need to recapitalize banks again.  
In his letter, the central banker said the IMF argues banks will need an extra 10 billion euros in capital without explaining why this is the case.

Additionally, according to the BoG, the achievement of medium-term targets for NPLs would further increase the capital adequacy ratio.