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Fitch helps Greece turn the page on the debt crisis

Louisa Gouliamaki Agence France-Presse The Greek Parliament, in the center of Athens, last June 17

Financial rating agency Fitch on Friday upgraded Greece's long-term sovereign debt rating from BB+ to BBB-, with a “stable” outlook, placing the country in the so-called “investment grade” category.

S&P Global Ratings had already removed Greece from the junk category in October, for the first time since 2010 and the debt crisis.

Fitch expects the public debt-to-GDP ratio “continues to decline sharply,” according to its statement released Friday, thanks to growth and “fiscal prudence.”

“We also believe that political risks are relatively low », continues the rating agency.

She also compliments the Mediterranean country's efforts “in terms of budgetary consolidation” and “tax reforms.”

For Greek Finance Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, Fitch's decision constitutes an “important national success ”, according to a reaction message on the social network X, formerly Twitter.

“This recovery paves the way for greater investment flows, improved financing conditions for the economy, growth and increased employment,” he added. /p>

He welcomed that Fitch highlighted “the record decline in public debt of 65 percentage points of GDP, from 205% during the pandemic to 160.8% this year and 141 .2% by 2027.”


In September, the DBRS Morningstar agency, based in Canada, also made upgrading Greece's credit rating to investment grade.

S&P followed suit in October.


“We are proud that our country’s achievements have been recognized. We are determined to continue our reform agenda, a path that attracts investment, creates jobs and achieves inclusive growth,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said at the time.

Re-elected for a new four-term term years in June, the conservative leader is banking politically on Greece's return to quality loans to restore its public finances next year.

During the economic crisis, Greece suffered a series of rating downgrades by rating agencies, which deprived it of access to international bond markets.

Greece suffered eight years of austerity under three successive international bailouts, worth a total of €289 billion, implemented in 2010, 2012 and 2015 to prevent the country from collapsing under the weight with a debt of around 300 billion euros.

Economic reforms demanded by Greece's creditors, the EU and the IMF, have had a major impact, reducing gross domestic product (GDP) by a quarter in eight years and pushing the unemployment rate to more than 27 %. The third bailout ended in August 2018.

According to official data, the Greek economy grew by 5.6% in 2022.

Fitch predicts its side 2.4% growth for 2023 and the next two years.

The institution noted on Friday that “the authorities plan[ed] revenue-generating tax reforms in 2024 in order to raise 600 million additional euros for social spending.”

“Combined with efforts to improve digitalization and reduce tax evasion, these measures could strengthen the tax revenue base and create a margin of “additional budgetary maneuver for additional capital investments to stimulate growth”, detailed the agency.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116