Paris, not Athens, will reportedly be the site of the next meeting between the Greek government and the troika.
The request was made from the Greek side according to Kathimerini.
Paris is considered neutral ground since none of the members of the troika – the IMF, the UE Commission and the European Central Bank their main headquarters there.
Gikas Hardouvelis, Greece’s Finance Minister, will leave for Paris between September 3 and 5, accompanied by Stavros Papastavrou, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s adviser, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Administrative Reform Minister, Yiannis Vroutsis, the Labor Minister and Nikos Dendias, Development Minister.
The participants will examine Greek progress in implementing 600 actions promised to the troika.
The fifth evaluation of the Greek adjustment program will then begin in October.
Samaras is said to hope that Paris talks would avoid “the tension that builds up in Athens each time the troika visits. They also feel this will be a good way to limit the length of the negotiations, which often tend to drag on for weeks when representatives of Greece’s lenders are in Athens,” Kathimerini writes.
It is an about face for troika. Some troika officials recently remarked to Kathimerini that “the Greek government only tackled its tasks when the inspectors were in Greece.”
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