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Stournaras briefs troika on their return to Athens

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras on Thursday briefed troika envoys on their return to Athens about the government’s proposal for a unified property tax to replace an existing emergency levy while the two sides also discussed a planned streamlining of the civil service and other reforms Greece has pledged to international creditors.

A ministry spokesman said all pending issues were discussed but that there was no official reaction by the envoys. It was unclear when the next meeting would be held.

Earlier in the day, a spokesman for the European Commission said there was not set deadline for the completion of negotiations between the Greek government and troika officials.“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.