ECONOMY

Troika continues Greece visit, to meet with Administrative Reform Minister Manitakis

Representatives of Greece’s lenders are due to meet with Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis on Monday after holding talks with Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras on Sunday.

Among the issues the troika officials are likely to discuss with Manitakis is the reduction of the public sector workforce. The Greek government believes that it can bring civil servant numbers down through retirements and a mobility scheme rather than have to revert to sackings.

It was one of the issues discussed in Sunday’s meeting with Stournaras, Kathimerini understands.

Other topics that came up during the talks were the execution of the 2013 budget, unemployment, structural reforms, tax collection, privatizations and bank recapitalization.

The troika is due to meet with other ministers this week, before discussing matters again with Stournaras on Wednesday when he returns from the Eurogroup and ECOFIN in Brussels.

It is expected that the officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund will also meet with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras before the end of the week, possibly on Thursday.