Greece’s economy is expected to expand in the third quarter for the first time in eight years, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Saturday.
In a speech in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Samaras hailed what he said was an “unprecedented success” in getting the heavily indebted country out of its deepest ever financial crisis.
“In a couple of years, we have made more reforms than in previous decades,” he said, referring to his tenure as prime minister.
Before agreeing to support a coalition government with the socialists in November 2011, conservative leader Samaras had opposed many of the austerity measures he later embraced wholeheartedly.
Samaras promised a 30 percent reduction in the taxation of heating oil, reversing a measure imposed in 2012 which failed to bring added revenue and adversely affected the environment. He also said he would lighten the burden of a much decried property tax based on property values from before the crisis.