Juncker heralds MoU exit but fails to add clarity during Athens visitEconomyProgramme
While the visit of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to Athens on Thursday was seen as a symbolic gesture ahead of Friday’s Eurogroup and within the context of the final months of Greece’s third programme, it did little to provide clarity regarding the obstacles that have to be overcome in the coming weeks.
Debt, fiscal path still divide lenders ahead of Washington Group meetingEconomyProgramme
All eyes will be on Friday’s meeting of the so-called Washington Group at the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings, with Athens hoping that the gathering of some of its lenders will provide greater clarity about the upcoming programme exit.
Doubts about whether package deal with lenders is feasible by JuneEconomyProgramme
The completion of the fourth review and the possibility that a delay in ticking off the 88 prior actions could push Greece and its lenders to the limit is back in focus this week.
Economic sentiment drops in March after reaching recent high, consumer confidence stableEconomyMacroeconomy
The strong recovery trend in Greece’s economic sentiment (ESI) stopped in March as it dropped by 4.5 points to 99.8, from 104.3 in February, data from the European Commission (EC) showed on Tuesday.
Progress on new property values but concerns about energy privatisationEconomyProgramme
A key prior action, involving the recalculation of property values so they can be fed into the ENFIA real estate tax, appears on the way towards completion but questions have arisen regarding another key deliverable.
Green light for next bailout funds as Commission stands ground on post-MoU scenariosEconomyProgramme
It was confirmed on Thursday that the path is now clear for Greece to receive its 5.7-billion-euro tranche after completing the third review.
Finance Ministry waits for new property values as talk of bad bank gathers paceEconomyProgramme
The government is hoping to move closer to the completion of a key prior action this week, when evaluators submit the results of their work on the new “objective” property values that will be used by the Finance Ministry to calculate this year’s ENFIA real estate tax.
Athens under intense pressure over fourth review reformsEconomyProgramme
Although there has been progress regarding property auctions over the last few days, the Greek government is under intense pressure to move forward with the 88 prior actions included in the fourth review so the programme can be wrapped up on time.
Greeks show highest mistrust in newspapers, TV and online news across EUSociety
A survey on fake news and disinformation, conducted by the European Commission, has revealed the general mistrust that Greeks have of their news media, as well as the perceived impact of fake news.
Focus of discussion for lenders moves to debt relief, post-MoU frameworkEconomyProgramme
The official conclusion of the third review on Friday means that the attention of the Greek government and its lenders has moved fully to the final few months of the programme and what will follow.