Eurozone economic growth will be slightly stronger this year than previously forecast, according to the European Commission’s latest forecast.
It predicts 1.5% growth this year, up 0.2 percentage points from its forecast in February, thanks to cheaper oil, a weak euro and stimulus measures.
The improvement was despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which saw forecast growth cut to 0.5% from 2.5%.
The report said faster growth would see inflation rise and unemployment fall.
For 2016, the Commission kept its forecast of 1.9% for the eurozone.
“The European economy is enjoying its brightest spring in several years, with the upturn supported by both external factors and policy measures that are beginning to bear fruit,” said Pierre Moscovici, commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and Customs.
“But more needs to be done to ensure this recovery is more than a seasonal phenomenon,” he added.
The falling price of crude oil has helped to reduce business costs, while the weak euro helps exporters. And the European Central Bank has injected money into the 19-nation eurozone.
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