By T. Tsiros
Greece's finance minister, Christos Staikouras, had officially broached the new Mitsotakis government's standing desire to reduce creditor-mandated annual primary budget surplus targets, as a percentage of GDP, less than two weeks after the July 7 general election.
In a response to a previous EU Commission letter, Staikouras opined that a continuing decrease in borrowing costs positively affect sustainability of the country's debt, as well as markets' expectations.
The new center-right Greek government that assumed power early last month has repeatedly cited the need to slash fiscal targets that the thrice-bailed out country must record on an annual basis, namely, 3.5 percent of GDP until 2022.
Staikouras' letter was dated July 19, coming three days after a letter by the Commission to Athens, which referred to an extension of the "enhanced supervision" regime for Greece by another six months.