EU: Top austerity inspectors leave Greece, work continues
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union’s executive says its senior negotiators in Greece’s bailout talks are returning to Brussels, but work on completing the negotiations is continuing.
EU Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva says “important progress” has been made so far in the talks in Athens, which hit a severe snag Tuesday over how to ensure that Greece implements future cutbacks if the need arises.
Andreeva said Thursday the Commission will continue to work with the Greek government, other European institutions and the International Monetary Fund to finalize an overall agreement on the Greek reforms program.
The ongoing negotiations form the first review of how Greece has implemented austerity measures agreed under the country’s third bailout signed last year. Their successful completion would allow the start of talks on lightening Greece’s crippling debt burden.