Monday, July 29, 2013
IMF Completes Fourth Review Under Extended Fund Facility Arrangement for Greece, Approves €1.72 Billion Disbursement
Press Release No. 13/280
July 29, 2013
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fourth review of Greece’s performance under an economic program supported by an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement. The completion of this review enables the disbursement of SDR 1.51 billion (about €1.72 billion, or US$2.29 billion), which would bring total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 7.21 billion (about €8.24 billion, or US$10.94 billion).
In completing the review, the Executive Board also approved a waiver of applicability of three end-June performance criteria on which data are not yet available—the overall stock of government debt, government domestic arrears, and the general government balance—as well as the modification of the end-September performance criterion on privatization receipts.
The EFF arrangement, which was approved on March 15, 2012 (see Press Release No. 12/85), is part of a joint package of financing with euro area member states amounting to about €173 billion over four years. It entails exceptional access to IMF resources equivalent to about 2,159 percent of Greece’s quota.