Greece to exit EU's 'enhanced surveillance' framework after 12 years

The country entered this system after its exit from three international bailouts, totalling more than €260 billion



Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

By Reuters

Published: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 12:43 PM

Greece will exit the European Union's so-called enhanced surveillance framework on August 20, its finance minister said on Wednesday, a move that will allow the country greater freedom in making its economic policies.

Greek economic developments and policy have been monitored under the framework since 2018, after Athens exited three international bailouts, totalling more than €260 billion, from the European Union and the IMF, between 2010 and 2015.

"After 12 years ... a difficult chapter for our country comes to a close," said the minister, Christos Staikouras.

"Greece returns to a European normality, and will no longer be an exception in the euro zone."

Athens has delivered on the bulk of policy commitments and reforms it promised, and its August 20 exit from the framework was confirmed by a letter from EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, as well as the Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, he added.

Greece's emergence from enhanced surveillance will mean more degrees of freedom in implementing economic policy, and will bring closer the country's goal to regain the "investment grade" status, Staikouras said.

Since exiting the bailouts in 2018, Greece has relied solely on the markets for its financing needs.

The surveillance framework had been intended to ensure the continued adoption of measures to tackle potential sources of economic difficulty and structural reforms, so as to support sustainable economic growth.

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