ECONOMY

EWG sees stumbling blocks in experts’ talks

The Euro Working Group held an extraordinary teleconference on Greece on Tuesday, concluding that the creditors’ technical experts are experiencing cooperation problems with their Greek counterparts, and called on the latter to increase their efforts.

Sources said that the EWG convened following a demand by the country’s European peers to discuss developments in Greece after the first few meetings between the two sides’ technical teams.

The senior eurozone finance ministry officials’ teleconference lasted no more than 45 minutes, illustrating that no significant progress was recorded, and in the absence of the permanent representative of Greece to the preparatory body, Giorgos Chouliarakis.

The chairman of Greece’s Council of Economic Experts was absent due to illness, but it also appears that he is gradually being deliberately sidelined, and not out of his own choice.