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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-21

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

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  • [01] Djisselbloem sees deal with Greece by June 'hard deadline'
  • [02] EU Commission reports progress in talks with Athens

  • [01] Djisselbloem sees deal with Greece by June 'hard deadline'

    ANA-MPA -- Negotiations between Greece and its creditors are expected to be completed at the end of June, the head of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem told RTL television on Tuesday, denying that the deadline has been moved.

    Asked if the deadline for the completion of the negotiations has been moved further away as it is impossible to complete them by the next Eurogroup meeting, Dijsselbloem said: "I didn't move any deadline in the future. We've said this program is extended by four months; that's the firm deadline, so the program ends at the end of June. That's when the programme will end. Secondly, we'll start giving money only after the Greeks will start implementing reforms. This is not happening now, therefore the programme has stopped. However, we have tried to negotiate anew, to reach a new agreement. This is still feasible. We won't make it on April 24, this is why we must continue next week; we will need a few more weeks."

    Asked to comment on the Greek government's decision to ask all municipal authorities to deposit their cash reserves in order to meet the government's financial obligations, the head of the Eurogroup said: "Yes, it's true that all piggy-banks in Greece have emptied. At the same time, I see some progress in negotiations, so this is reason for some optimism. We have to reach a deal this week and restart the aid programme. But the problem is that the more you discuss about the measures you will implement, the more time you lose to really implement them."

    [02] EU Commission reports progress in talks with Athens

    ANA-MPA - There is progress in the negotiations between the institutions and the Greek authorities but a progress report is not expected to be drafted, EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici's spokesperson Annika Breidthardt said on Tuesday in Brussels.

    Asked whether the Brussels Group was preparing a written progress report on Greece ahead of the April 24 Eurogroup, she said that there is progress but that she knew nothing of a written progress report. She added that in any case the Eurogroup Working Group which on Wednesday will hold a teleconference and the Eurogroup meeting in Riga will take stock of the latest progress accomplished in the talks between the institutions and the Greek authorities.


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