Technical level talks start in Brussels, foreign reps expected in Athens Thursday

Representatives of the government and the country’s international creditors are expected to launch “technical level” talks in Brussels on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Greek time, amid reports that technical teams from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – formerly known as the “troika” – will visit Athens on Thursday.

Greece is to be represented in Wednesday’s talks by Nikos Theoharakis, the Finance Ministry’s general secretary for fiscal policy. Officials from the two sides are to examine a list of proposals submitted by Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Meanwhile, Kathimerini newspaper on Wednesday reported that representatives of the so-called “institutions” will visit Athens on Thursday. Government sources told the newspaper that they will not meet with ministers.

A different government source had said the technical teams may come to Athens “at some point.”