Gov’t spox: IMF mainly responsible for delays in completion of program review

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is mainly responsible for the delay in the completion of Greece’s second program review, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Friday, adding that the measures it demands of the country are “irrational”.

“The reason for the delay is not the three thorny issues that remain pending but the irrational measures totaling 4.5 billion euros demanded by the IMF after the end of the program. The main, if not exclusive, responsibility for the delay in the completion of the review lies with the IMF,” the spokesman told ANT1 TV station.

The government is not only implementing the measures demanded, but is ahead of the timetable, he added.

“The government is working hard to complete the review procedures by the end of the month so we can enter the quantitative easing program in March, and it seems this is the political correlation that is slowly taking shape in Europe,” Tzanakopoulos said.