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Greece has clarified all problems surrounding the nation’s austerity program for this year, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos states. However some sources claim EU financing chiefs still prepare to postpone a 2nd bailout for the crisis-stricken nation.
“We clarified all concerns for reaching our 2012 monetary goal,” Venizelos told press reporters after a teleconference between Greece and seventeen eurozone financing chiefs on Wednesday.”The large, 325 million-euro amount has actually been finalized, so we are fine on this element.”Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker verified that Greece has in fact made progress in motivating the funding ministers it need to get the extra help– to the tune of a 130 billion-euro (170 billion United States dollars) bailout– that it hopes will help it avoid default. However, Juncker included, Greece’s execution of the promised austerity measures will need tight guidance. Athens deals with these requirements while concurrently lobbying for European approval of a different financial obligation relief deal with personal lenders that require to be concurred upon by March 20, and will need numerous weeks to kick in.Earlier, Juncker had in fact cancelled a conference on additional Greek rescue loans, choosing a teleconference rather. He said the decision was based upon the realization that “further technical work” was required “in a range of locations” associated with the Eurogroup’s needs of the Greek federal government– in specific, harder guarantees that Greece will use the cash properly.In addition, eurozone financing chiefs got written commitments from the leaders of the 2 dominant Greek political events that they will carry out the promised cuts and reforms after April elections, amongst the key Eurogroup needs. According to Venizelos the written commitments, a brand-new austerity expenditure passed in Parliament today, and deeply undesirable however needed labor reform legislation make up a warranty that Greece is going to keep its promises.But in the middle of Greek optimism, Reuters mentioned various EU sources who stated formerly that eurozone financing ministers were not content with Greece’s promises. They were reportedly thinking about delaying parts and even the whole new bailout up until as late as April, after the country’s election. Athens needs to now make cuts to the nation’s base pay and more layoffs in the public sector. To get the second rescue package Greece has really apparently accepted cut defence expenses, which has actually been the nation’s spiritual cow for years. Apparently, the military budget cuts begin at EUR125 million and might go up.Since the Turkish intrusion of Cyprus in 1974, Athens has watched out for another clash with Ankara. Greece has actually bought arms from various nations, consisting of Russia’s long variety S-300 surface-to-air rocket system. The austerity action may now show the shelving of strategies to buy Eurofighter airplane, French frigates and German subs.The steps have in fact been sought advice from explosive protests and the a few of the worst violence the Greek capital has actually seen in years. A 100,000-strong presentation struck the streets of Athens while parliament was still voting, with some 2,000 anarchist protesters activating a violent and harmful riot.It is likewise unclear whether Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio will be cut to 120 percent by 2020 by means of the plan, as demanded by the ‘troika’ of the European Commission, IMF and European Reserve Bank. Greek debt is now roughly 160 percent of GDP.