Tsipras, Juncker dis­cuss bailout as Moscovici to visit

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With the gov­ern­ment now set on se­cur­ing a “po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion” at the up­com­ing sum­mit of eu­ro­zone fi­nance min­is­ters on De­cem­ber 5, as a con­clu­sion of the bailout re­view re­mains out of reach, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras dis­cussed the progress of eco­nomic re­forms yes­ter­day with Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker.

EC spokesman Mar­gari­tis Schi­nas con­firmed that the two men had spo­ken by phone and that Euro­pean Eco­nomic and Mon­e­tary Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Pierre Moscovici will be in Athens on Mon­day for an of­fi­cial visit.

Speak­ing to re­porters as Greek law­mak­ers pre­pare to de­bate a se­ries of draft bills out­lin­ing fur­ther bailout mea­sures, gov­ern­ment sources yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­vic­tion that a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment would be reached at the De­cem­ber 5 Eurogroup.

As for bailout ne­go­ti­a­tions with Greece’s cred­i­tors, which have been con­tin­u­ing by email since for­eign en­voys left Athens ear­lier this week, the same sources said the two sides con­tinue to dis­agree as re­gards la­bor laws and fis­cal tar­gets. They said the leg­is­la­tion may not go to a vote be­fore the end of this year.

Tsipras in­sisted this week that Athens will not yield to “ir­ra­tional de­mands” of cred­i­tors but Greek of­fi­cials will have to make some con­ces­sions to se­cure con­crete mea­sures for debt re­lief.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have said they ex­pect cred­i­tors to spec­ify short-term mea­sures for Greek debt re­lief on De­cem­ber 5 and give a road map for medium- and long-term mea­sures.

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