The chiefs of the troika mission to Greece are due to return to Athens this coming week but the full technical teams will not be in the Greek capital, Kathimerini understands.
Klaus Masuch of the European Central Bank, Matthias Mors of the European Commission and Poul Thomsen from the International Monetary Fund are expected to remain in Athens for around a week and then return with the full technical teams in January provided that Greece has made progress in meeting its bailout commitments.
Simon O’Connor, a European Commission spokesperson for economic and monetary affairs, said in a brief statement on Saturday night that although some troika inspectors were due to return to Athens next week, negotiations would not have a chance of concluding until January at the earliest.
“Technical discussions are expected to continue in Athens next week,” he said. “We expect a full negotiating team to return to Athens in January, after the authorities have made further progress in implementation, with the objective of reaching a staff level agreement.” >> Read More