Talks between Greece and lenders on debt relief measures continuing, says FinMin official

Negotiations between Greece and its lenders on the medium-term measures for the country’s debt pile are continuing, a senior finance ministry official said on Monday, commenting on the ongoing talks on the debt and the next Eurogroup on June 15.

“Talks are continuing. We want a clear pathway in order to be able to access the markets,” the official said.

Commenting on what will happen if June’s Eurogroup doesn’t provide a clear solution, the official said it is best “not to speculate” adding the government is “aiming for a clear solution”.

Asked the possibilities that Greece may join the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) program, the official said “we’ll see”.

According to information, the issue of Greece’s inclusion in the QE is expected to be held on May 31, on the sidelines of the Economist conference in Frankfurt. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos will address the conference while other speakers include ECB’s Executive Board member Benoit Coeure, Bank of Greece Governor Yiannis Stournaras, Alternate Economy Minister Alexis Charitsis and representatives of the institution.