No deadline for troika talks, Commission spokesman says

There is no set deadline for the completion of negotiations between the Greek government and troika officials, a spokesman for the European Commission said Thursday.

“The mission is in Athens to evaluate [the progress of] the Greek program. We will let you know as soon as we have something new,” said Olivier Bailly in response to a question by Kathimerini’s correspondent in Brussels Nikos Chrysoloras.

“These talks take time. There’s no point at the moment to reveal the outstanding issues of this negotiation,” Bailly added.

A meeting between Greek officials and representatives of the so-called troika of foreign lenders was scheduled for Thursday, a day after the conservative-led coalition government announced a compromise over an emergency tax seen as a symbol of harsh austerity measures.