EC: Νegotiations on a third financial assistance programme for Greece are progressing in a “positive” and “constructive” way

European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva on Wednesday expressed the European Commission’s satisfaction with the progress in the negotiations on a third financial assistance programme for Greece.

During the regular press briefing, she said the talks were progressing in a “positive” and “constructive” way and this could allow them to be concluded as quickly as possible.

The head of the European Commission’s mission in Athens was already on the scene and leading “intensive negotiations” with the Greek side, she added. According to Andreeva, the two packages of prior actions and reforms passed by the Greek Parliament showed that the Greek government was delivering on its commitments, exactly as agreed.

The heads of missions sent by the four institutions representing Greece’s creditors – the European Commission, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and now the European Stability Mechanism – arrived in Athens on Wednesday but negotiations by technical teams and working groups have been underway since Monday.