The European Commission has said economic recovery is “gaining ground” in the EU as it revised up its growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015.
The Commission said the 18-nation eurozone would grow by 1.2% this year and 1.8% next year.
In both cases, the figure was 0.1 percentage points higher than in earlier predictions.
The UK’s economy is now expected to grow by 2.5% this year, up from a previous forecast of 2.2%.
However, the Commission left its UK growth forecast for 2015 unchanged at 2.4%.