“Following a political crisis that delayed implementation of the economic program, understandings were reached with the government on a fully recalibrated economic program to be supported under the EFF arrangement,” the IMF said .
“Greece’s fiscal effort has been impressive by any measure,” IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said in a statement.
The deep deficit slashing the country has been forced to undertake from the beginning of the program will help get Athens back to the spending levels prior to the crisis, she said. But, she warned, “much more remains to be done to achieve the critical mass of reforms needed to boost productivity and lower prices.”
“Looking ahead, Greece needs to radically overhaul its tax administration to bolster tax collections, fight tax evasion, and shrink the public sector, in particular through targeted redundancies.”