“2024 finds Greece in a strong position at an economic, political and international level,” government spokesman, Pavlos Marinakis, said during a press briefing on Thursday.
“Greece’s creditworthiness has now been restored with the recovery of its investment grade by a number of international rating agencies. Our country is a champion in growth, exports, unemployment reduction, especially among women and young people. All these are not simple economic indicators, but thanks to the government policies translate into a substantial increase in citizens’ income, support for the most vulnerable and critical state infrastructures,” Marinakis emphasized.
He underlined that “660,000 civil servants will see an increase in their income in 2024 which on average reaches 1,476 euros, pensions are increased by 3% for almost 2 million pensioners and the withholding of 30% is abolished for those pensioners who choose to work, while the tax-free threshold for families with children increases by 1,000 euros.”
He also referred to the maternity allowance for new mothers, freelancers and farmers, which equals to the minimum wage, for nine months, but also the reduction of the ENFIA for homes insured against natural disasters and the permanent exemption of former EKAS beneficiaries from the participation in the pharmaceutical expenditure, the lifting of the three-year freeze in the private sector salaries and the implementation of investments amounting to 12 billion euros with financing from the public investment program and the Recovery Fund as well as the increase in spending on education and health by 736 million euros.
“This increased momentum will make us further increase the citizens’ income and proceed at an even more intensive pace with the promotion of the major reforms that the country needs,” the government spokesperson added.