The privileged value-added tax status of the five Aegean islands that have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis since 2015 - Lesvos, Chios, Samos (pictured), Leros and Kos - has been extended for another six months, according to a legislative act published on Monday in the Government's Gazette and a ministerial decision signed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on the same day.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Friday that although the protection of debtors' main residences will be abolished in January 2019 when the Katseli law ceases to apply, the government is seeking ways to ensure that debtors in need of protection are not left without a safety net and is aiming to present a solution soon.
Greek officials say lenders have agreed to scrap a major round of government funding cuts planned for next year after the country outperformed budget targets set to help protect public finances.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the government received "very positive news from Brussels" on Thursday, when bailout creditor representatives met to discuss Greeces draft 2019 budget.
Volatility in Italian government debt has made it harder for Greece to return to bond markets, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos told Reuters, but said he is comfortable with waiting for the right time to raise funds.
A recent selloff in Italian government debt has pushed up the borrowing costs of other Southern European countries, including Greece.