Moscovici to em­pha­size no de­lays

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Euro­pean Eco­nom­i­cand Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Pierre Moscovici is ex­pected to bring a clear mes­sage with him to Athens on Mon­day that there should be no de­lays with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this sum­mer’s prior ac­tions, which will un­lock a sub-tranche of 2.8 bil­lion eu­ros, or the sec­ond re­view of the bailout pro­gram.

Dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit, which will in­clude meet­ings with the prime min­is­ter and the min­is­ters of fi­nance, econ­omy and la­bor, he will also make it clear this is not the right time to be­gin a de­bate about chang­ing the fis­cal tar­gets, as the gov­ern­ment de­sires.

“It is in every­one’s in­ter­est, but above all Greece’s, that the sec­ond re­view be suc­cess­fully com­pleted as quickly as pos­si­ble,” the French com­mis­sioner told news agency MNI yes­ter­day, dis­so­ci­at­ing Bri­tain’s planned EU exit from the Greek pro­gram’s progress. “Talks will have to be swift, ir­re­spec­tive of the sit­u­a­tion in Bri­tain,” he noted, and ad­mit­ted that there are hard talks com­ing this fall re­gard­ing the Greek debt. “I am op­ti­mistic that the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund will re­spect the Eurogroup’s de­ci­sions of May 25. Of course there will be some chal­lenges about the talks on the mea­sures for the debt in the fall, but I hope that all sides will come to the ne­go­ti­a­tions with an open mind and a de­sire for com­pro­mise,” Moscovici said.

EU Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Pierre Moscovici will ar­rive in Athens on Mon­day.

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