Greek parliament approves 2023 state budget

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ATHENS, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Greek parliament ratified on Saturday the 2023 state budget, which foresees 1.8 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth and a 5 percent inflation rate for the year.

Initial estimates of 2.1 percent and 3 percent respectively given in October, were revised amidst continuing great uncertainty globally due to the energy crisis, the Finance ministry said in a press release.

The year 2022 would close with 5.6 percent of GDP growth and 9.7 percent of inflation, according to the budget which was passed with the votes of 156 lawmakers in the 300-member strong plenary.

"Economic growth and social welfare, bold reforms and prudence. These are the principles permeating our budget," Greek Prime Minister (PM) Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a speech shortly before the voting.

The state has supported society to cope with increased living costs with more than 15.1 billion euros (16 billion U.S. dollars) to date, while more support measures will be introduced in 2023, Greek public broadcaster ERT reported, quoting the PM.

He also said that the year 2023 will register a primary surplus of 0.7 percent of GDP. In 2022, the country reported a deficit of 1.6 percent of GDP.

"The year 2022 will be the last one with a primary deficit. From 2023 economy returns to primary surpluses," he said. (1 euro= 1.06 U.S. dollar)