Athens seeks ac­cord with troika on re­forms

FinMin to face ques­tions on progress as au­di­tors mull Greek pro­pos­als

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Fi­nance Min­is­ter Yan­nis Stournaras is ex­pected to face a bar­rage of ques­tions from his eu­ro­zone coun­ter­parts at a sum­mit in Brus­sels to­day amid the slow im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­forms which has led troika of­fi­cials to de­lay their sched­uled re­turn to Athens.

Al­though Greece is not of­fi­cially on the agenda of talks at the sum­mit, it is ex­pected that the progress of re­forms will be dis­cussed while Athens hopes that a date for the re­turn of troika en­voys could be set.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials sent for­eign au­di­tors Greece’s pro­pos­als for dis­man­tling bar­ri­ers to com­pe­ti­tion over the weekend af­ter the troika in­sisted that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of dozens of rec- om­men­da­tions in a re­port by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) were key for the com­ple­tion of a cur­rent re­view of Greece’s re­form progress. The re­view must be com­pleted be­fore fur­ther res­cue loans can be re­leased.

Stournaras dis­cussed the mat­ter over the weekend with Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venize­los in a bid to reach an agree­ment that sat­is­fies the troika with­out fu­el­ing po­lit­i­cal ten­sions. Kathimerini un­der­stands that the gov­ern­ment is pre­pared to adopt 80 per­cent of the rec­om­men­da­tions while re­ject­ing or of­fer­ing al­ter­na­tives for the rest.

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