Major issues now resolved, government source says after talks with institutions in Athens

The seven or eight major open issues in the talks between the Greek government and the institutions have been resolved and “only sundry issues remain,” a Greek government source said on Thursday after a meeting between government ministers and the heads of the institutions‘ mission in Athens.

Even though the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was insisting on many points that were not to the government’s liking, the source added, “I do not have the impression that the Fund has come to the negotiations in order to delay and I do not think these issues can lead to not concluding the agreement.”

During a 1.5-hour meeting on Thursday, the two sides discussed issues relating to privatisations, fiscal policy and labour law.

According to the government official, a discussion on the four draft documents (the MoU with the European institutions, the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) with the IMF and two corresponding technical agreements) is to be held on Friday afternoon.

Both the Greek side and the institutions have given instructions that these documents should first be ‘cleared’ at a staff level so only the basic issues are discussed at a senior level, so that there can be topic discussions on the four documents. The aim is to have completed the entire process by next Sunday, the official said.

Participating in Thursday’s meeting on the Greek side were Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou and Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis.

Source ANA-MPA
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