Dijsselbloem: ‘Substantial progress’ has been made on program review

Greece and its creditors made “substantial progress” on the state of play over Greece’s second program review and the two sides are close to agreeing on the conditions that will allow the return of the mission chiefs in Athens next week, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Friday.

“We made substantial progress today and are close to common ground for the mission to return to Athens the coming week,” Dijsselbloem said after the high-level talks held between Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis and representatives of the country’s creditors.

“There is clear understanding that timely finalization of the second review is in everybody’s interest,” he added, noting that any new progress will be discussed at the next Eurogroup on March 20.