Mission chiefs on way back to Athens for bailout talks, says Commission
The mission chiefs of Greece’s lenders are set to resume talks in Athens after progress made in recent days towards concluding a review of Greek reforms, the European Commission said on Monday.
“Following constructive talks in Washington, the mission chiefs are returning to Athens today and tomorrow. The aim of the mission remains to conclude the first review of the programme as soon as possible,” a Commission spokesman told a news conference in Brussels.
International lenders and the Greek authorities were in contact last week in Washington during the International Monetary Fund’s meetings.
A regular meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Amsterdam on April 22 would be an important moment to take stock of progress made, the spokesman said, but declined to say when an agreement was likely to be reached.
“We have made progress and the momentum should be maintained,” he added.
Talks on the review of Greek reforms have dragged on for months partly because the International Monetary Fund and EU institutions cannot agree between themselves on some assumptions and scenarios of how the Greek economy might develop.
Euro zone lenders and the IMF are divided on some targets set out in the latest Greek bailout, notably a primary surplus goal of 3.5 percent of GDP for 2018 and beyond. The IMF says it is unrealistic to expect Greece to keep such a surplus for decades.
“The budgetary targets fixed last summer for the period after 2018 must be respected,” the Commission spokesman said.
You may be interested
BBC: The last speakers of Ancient SpartaPanos - Feb 26, 2021
As you enter the mountainous village of Pera Melana in Greece’s southern Peloponnese peninsula, you’re likely to hear the roar of…
Coronavirus Greece: 1,784 new cases, 367 intubated, 39 deathsPanos - Feb 26, 2021
Greece announced today that the new laboratory confirmed cases of the disease recorded in the last 24 hours are 1,784, of…
60% of Greeks say they feel worse due to Covid-19 lockdownPanos - Feb 26, 2021
Greeks say their daily lives have become worse after a year of experiencing the Covid-19 lockdown measures. A survey conducted by Focus…