The Finance Ministry said on Tuesday that the figures on the country's fiscal deficit for 2010 are prepared by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), which then forwards them to Eurostat for review before publication by the latter on April 26.

Prompted by press speculation on the final fiscal figures for 2010, the ministry also said that given the need to safeguard and further consolidate the credibility of the country's statistical figures, it will not comment on or confirm such press reports before the formal announcements are made by the authoritative agencies.