ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's finance ministry says the country will achieve better-than-expected budget figures this year, but conceded that high levels of unemployment would likely only decline slowly over the next four years.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) Greece's finance ministry says the country will achieve better-than-expected budget figures this year, but conceded that high levels of unemployment would likely only decline slowly over the next four years.

The ministry said Wednesday it expects a primary budget surplus of 2.3 percent of gross domestic product in 2014, improving on its earlier prediction of 1.5 percent, and would reach a primary surplus of 5.3 percent in 2018. Primary surplus figures refer to the budget balance before interest payments.

The figures were released as part of a revised 2015-2018 budget plan that was submitted to parliament.

The ministry predicted that unemployment would only fall below 20 percent in 2016, reaching 15.9 percent in 2020.