Greece’s government will resume stalled talks with EU/IMF lenders in Paris on Tuesday, as Athens pushes to conclude a crucial review by inspectors so it can make an early exit to an unpopular bailout programme.
Athens had set a Dec. 8 deadline to complete the review. But talks floundered over a projected budget gap for next year and EU/IMF inspectors did not return as expected to Athens this month, leading to concerns that a delayed review would derail Greece’s plan to quit its bailout by the end of the year.
The two sides will meet in Paris “to advance the review and examine the framework for the day after”, the bailout ends, the Greek Finance Ministry said in a statement.
A ministry official declined to say if the talks would continue beyond Tuesday, but said the bailout would not be extended past the end of the year.
Greece’s government has staked its own survival on abandoning the 240-billion-euro bailout programme, which has entailed unpopular austerity measures, ahead of schedule.
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