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The 4 crash tests for the Greek economy


The main target for this year remains the achievement of a growth rate of 2.9%

The first quarter of the year is expected to be decisive for the course of the Greek economy. From next week until the middle of March, there will be a series of reports concerning Greece and the eurozone, while the course of implementation of the National Recovery Plan will also affect the Greek economy. The main target for this year remains the achievement of a growth rate of 2.9%, placing Greece in a particularly advantageous position compared to other strong economies of the eurozone as some of them are “flirting” with recession.

The EU Commission’s winter forecasts

The EU Commission will publish on Thursday, February 15, its winter forecasts for the economies of the member states. As geopolitical turmoil, especially in the Middle East, has increased uncertainty and risks of a rise in inflation, the upcoming release of economic figures is expected to attract strong interest.

The report on the Recovery Plan

The European Commission’s interim report on the progress of the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience plans will be made public in February. The messages about the implementation process of “Greece 2.0” are positive. Greece has so far managed to receive from the Recovery Fund more than 40% of the funds it is entitled to – but this does not mean that all of them have been absorbed. At the level of member states, so far, 221 billion euros have been disbursed, which corresponds to approximately 30% of the total funds of the Recovery Fund.

Already Greece is advancing the procedures in order to submit the 4th request for the payment of 3.3 billion euros in April, approximately 1 billion euros in subsidies and 2.3 billion euros in loans. In a total of 20 milestones, as competent sources pointed out, there are still some outstanding issues which need to be closed by the end of March or early April.


With the Greek GDP growing by 2.1% in the third quarter of 2023, outperforming the eurozone, all eyes are turned on the data that the Greek Statistical Authority will announce on March 7 regarding the course of the GDP in the last quarter of 2023.

Rating agencies

After Scope Ratings, which on January 26 kept the assessment of the Greek economy unchanged, DBRS is expected to announce its decision on March 8. However, the most important date for the first quarter of the year is March 15, as the rating agency Moody’s will publish its report on the Greek economy. It is the only rating agency that rates the Greek debt with Ba1, one grade below the investment grade, and as a result the interest is focused on whether it will proceed with an upgrade.