Monday, June 6, 2016

EU sees progress on Greek reform, '95 percent' of work done to unlock funds

June 6, 2016

The European Commission is confident that Greece will conclude the reforms needed to unlock bailout funds before next week's meeting of euro zone finance ministers, top officials said on Monday.

Greece and its international lenders wrapped up the bulk of reforms needed for badly needed bailout cash in May, but left some loose ends which must be tied up before Athens can receive instalments of 10.3 billion euros ($11.48 billion) by September.

"The Greek authorities have done 95 per cent of changes necessary but not all is finalised. Some changes have to be made in the coming hours," Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told EU lawmakers in Strasbourg.

"I am confident Athens will use the time before the Eurogroup to finalise the limited issues that are still open," Moscovici added, saying that a disbursement of a first tranche of 7.5 billion euros could be decided as early as next week and be made this month.


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