Dijsselbloem: We See Progress in Greece

Dijsselbloem economic prograss“Greece has achieved a lot and we look forward to the completing the evaluation,” said the Greek Minister of Finance, Giannis Stournaras, outside the meeting with the Eurogroup, in Brussels.

The Greek Minister of Finance also said he expects the conducting of a constructive debate concerning Greece as well as the issue of bank consolidation.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem responded: “I hope that Greece has made progress. As far as I am concerned, I would like the Troika evaluation to be completed before the end of the year.”

When he was asked to comment on the Greek program, J. Dijsselbloem replied that there has certainly been some progress, but he expects to be further informed by Troika representatives during the meeting with the Eurogroup.

“First we must speak with the Troika representatives in order to see if there is any possibility to reach an agreement before the end of the year,” said Mr. Dijsselbloem.

Furthermore, when he was asked about Greece’s efforts to return to the markets, the Eurogroup chairman said that during a Memorandum the ambition to return to the markets as quickly as possible is a “healthy attitude.”

He added, however, that Greece still needs to do a lot of work in order to return to the markets. He concluded by saying that the Eurozone supports Greece in trying to exit from the crisis and from the program. “Greece must stay focused on commitments and we will continue to support it.”