Troika to return to Greece later this week: Eurogroup head

BRUSSELS Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:20pm EST

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (R) greets EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at Samaras' office in Athens July 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (R) greets EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at Samaras' office in Athens July 26, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/John Kolesidis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A mission of international lenders will return to Greece later this week to review progress made in delivering on the country's reforms that are key for further loans, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday.

International lenders - the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission and the European Central Bank - interrupted a visit to Athens last year because there was no progress in discussions with Greek authorities.

This has held up disbursements of loans due since September 2013, with the main sticking point being how Athens would plug a gap in this year's budget, which had been estimated at 1 billion euros.

Sources directly involved in the talks told Reuters earlier this month that Greece and its foreign lenders have largely bridged differences over the issue.

In a separate statement, the IMF said on Monday that discussions with Athens would start on February 24.

"The purpose of the talks is to seek agreement on the set of policies needed to complete the fifth review of the country's economic program supported by an Extended Fund Facility (EFF)," IMF spokeswoman √Āngela Gaviria said.

(Reporting by Martin Santa; Additional reporting by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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Comments (2)
riposte wrote:
trust, but verify…..hope it works out for both sides..

Feb 17, 2014 3:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GreekAnalyst wrote:
The Troika members are “playing” Greece like a common playboy would play a potential target girl. All reports so far were positive, althought Greece has a deficit for consequetive years since 2008 (world Giness Record) and leads unemployement with a “fixed” (that does not account for many categories) 28%.
These people that behave as a non elected GOVERMENT for Greece and Cover Up for all injustice in the Country (Greece corruption has risen sharply according to International Reports within the Crisis) and protect the same Goverments that brought Greeks to these situation, should be trialed. All Greeks are called to pay for political errors covered by Europe, while not all participated in these injustice. These are black days for the “legality, fraternite, equalite” of EU, that Germany is forgetting now that she has the upper hand in the Union. Ony Euro matters. Nothing Else. Protection of the corrupted politicians and bankers in Greece (who still remain in Banks Positions – althought they have defaulted their banks more than 3 times each) is called to be paid by normail Greeks. Okey…Great stuff….Great really….”WE ARE NOT ALL CORRUPTED” PERIOD. BUT THE CORRUPTED ARE STILL OUT…AND WE PAY FOR THEIR MISTAKES WITH EUROPES COVER UP!

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