European Parliament Vice President Dimitris Papadimoulis in statements to public broadcaster ERT underlined that the conclusion of the agreement is in everyone’s interest. He also dismissed reports that everyone in Brussels was yesterday on the side of the IMF.
“This is not what happened,” he said adding that everyone agreed that the Greek economy has outperformed its targets. Moreover, he said the European Commission, the ECB and the ESM estimate that the contingent mechanism will not be implemented.
He underlined that the Eurogroup offers a chance to conclude the second programme review and called on everyone to come to an agreement by February 20 as an election period will then begin in Europe.
“The extension of the uncertainty will make even more difficult the visible recovery of the Greek economy,” he stated.