Greece very close to staff-level agreement, gov’t spokesman says


Athens aims to have concluded talks on a technical-level agreement with creditors by the March 20 Eurorgoup meeting, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said during a press briefing Thursday.

Tzanakopoulos added that the SYRIZA-led administration wanted to bridge remaining differences regarding the post-2019 fiscal policy mix by the same date.

“For the first time in eight years we are very close to a comprehensive solution which will not just defer the problem to another time, but actually create the conditions for a final end to the memorandums and outside supervision,” he said adding that a final agreement should include further debt relief.

In the same briefing, Tzanakopoulos slammed New Democracy over its stance on the pending bailout review saying it had proved to be “short-sighted and irresponsible.” 

Over the past ten days, Greek officials have been negotiating in Athens with the country's European creditors and the International Monetary Fund on both currently-required reforms and post-bailout cutbacks.