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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-09-13

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Troika in Athens on September 23

  • [01] Troika in Athens on September 23

    ANA/MPA-- The heads of the International Monetary Fund's mission to Greece are due to arrive in Athens on September 23, IMF sources said on Thursday, correcting an earlier announcement. During the regular press briefing on Thursday, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice had originally announced that the IMF mission was due to arrive on September 17.

    Lower-ranking technical teams from the IMF will be visiting Athens before September 23 to prepare for the mission's arrival, the source clarified.

    Replying to questions during the briefing, Rice said that Poul Thomsen will continue to head the mission and its members, in cooperation with the Greek authorities, will examine the current state of the Greek economy.

    The IMF spokesman refrained from answering a question on whether he shares the position that the next IMF report on Greece will be "hell". He noted that according to July's report, Greece has made "commendable progress", adding that there is still a lot to be done in the sector of structural reforms.

    Rice did not comment in response to a question on the statements made by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as regards using part of any primary surplus to relieve the recipients of small pension. Instead, he underlined that the goal is to overcome the crisis, improve economic growth and help the jobless, noting that the IMF is concerned about the problem of unemployment.


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