ATHENS Nov 29 Greece can achieve a primary
budget surplus of 2 percent next year, the head of the country's
central bank said on Tuesday, warning that the main risk for the
economy would be a failure to conclude a crucial bailout review.
"Despite the positive projections ... serious risks remain,"
Yannis Stournaras told a conference in Athens. "The main risk
would be the eventuality of failing to reach agreement on the
second bailout review and any delays in implementing the
programme or backtracking."
The central banker said that lowering the country's primary
surplus targets after 2018 to 2 percent of economic output from
3.5 percent would help boost growth.
He urged the government to stick to reforms and
privatisations prescribed in its third international bailout.
(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by George