Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Constantine Mihalos, replying to a question by the press on the 2011 budget tabled in Parliament on Thursday, said that "the new budget contains measures and targets that will be difficult to achieve."

He added that "in the sector of expenditures the cutbacks anticipated, in order to be implemented, necessitate bold decisions and conflicts with partisanship and trade unions. In the sector of revenues, again unfortunately the increases of indirect and direct taxes are leading, with the exception of tourism and the pharmaceuticals, a fact that we applaud."