Monday’s Eurogroup ended without an agreement on debt relief for Greece, with a possible decision being put back to the next gathering of eurozone finance ministers on June 15.
Greece goes into Monday’s Eurogroup without any certainty that its lenders will arrive at a common position on how to put its public debt on a sustainable path.
The multi-bill of measures agreed between the Greek government and its lenders passed through Parliament in Athens on Thursday night with the support of all 153 coalition MPs.
The National Council on Foreign Policy (ESEP) convened on Wednesday for a briefing regarding Greece’s energy plans.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appears upbeat that an agreement on debt relief will be secured at Monday’s Eurogroup, although this was not backed up by officials on the lenders’ side.
Another violation of Greece’s territorial waters by two Turkish military boats off the coast of Agathonisi this week has prompted a reaction from Athens in the ongoing tension in the Aegean between the two neighbours.
Coalition MPs passed on Tuesday their first test ahead of this week’s final vote on the multi-bill as tension builds ahead of Thursday’s ballot.
A crucial week begins for the government, which submitted to Parliament late on Saturday the multi-bill of measures, including the 2018-2021 Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy (MTFS), ahead of a vote on Thursday night.
The government has made a last-minute bid to secure the votes of all 146 SYRIZA MPs in the upcoming vote on the multi-bill, which appears on track to be held before the May 22 Eurogroup.
SYRIZA MPs are due to be briefed by a group of senior ministers on Thursday afternoon as the time nears for coalition deputies to back the multi-bill that will bring Greece a step closer to completing the second review.