ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's finance ministry says it is on target to achieve a primary budget surplus in 2013, a key target set in the country's bailout agreements.
Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said Tuesday that the core government's primary surplus _ that is, not counting the cost of paying interest on existing debt _ was 691 million euros ($956 million).
He said the primary surplus for overall government spending is expected to be 812 million euros ($1.1 billion). The official figure will be released in about one month.
Greece has promised to balance its budget before interest payments to qualify for a major debt relief deal expected later this year.