ECONOMY

Troika due back in Athens on February 25 to check on Greek progress

Troika representatives will return to Athens on February 25 to check on the progress of Greece’s adjustment program.

Among the issues that will top the agenda of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund officials are: the overhaul of the tax system, the budget execution, the reduction of civil servants, the privatization program and the recapitalization of Greek banks.

Speaking at an event organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens on Monday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stressed the need for Greece to start creating jobs, particularly for its young people, with just over 60 percent of under 25s being out of work.

“For there to be growth, we have to give opportunities, especially to young people, to work,” he said.

Kathimerini understands that Samaras is considering making changes to his cabinet in a bid to give his government’s reform drive new impetus.