Eurozone’s ESM postpones €1bn loan tranche to Greece

8 June 2018
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A report claiming Athens has not made enough progress in clearing debt arrears is being blamed for a eurozone decision to suspend a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) loan to Greece.

The board of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) decided on Friday against disbursing the remaining sub-tranche of its loan, following the report by creditors.

On March 27, the ESM approved a fourth tranche of financial assistance to Greece amounting to €6.7 billion, including the release of €5.7 billion for debt servicing needs, arrears clearance and for the building up of a cash buffer.

According to the decision, the remaining €1 billion would have been disbursed “subject to positive reporting by the European institutions on the clearance of net arrears and a confirmation from the European institutions that the unimpeded flow of e-auctions has continued”.

Greek media report that the government must show significant progress by June 15, otherwise, the tranche will be canceled.

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