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European Commission - Statement

Statement by Commissioner Moscovici on the negotiations with Greece

Brussels, 2 May 2017

Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxations and Customs, made the following statement on the negotiations with Greece:

"The agreement reached overnight in Athens on the Greek Stability Support Programme is a very positive development following months of complex negotiations. These new efforts agreed by the Greek authorities open the way for a rapid conclusion of the second review. The swift implementation of these commitments should enable the Eurogroup to endorse this agreement at its next meeting. This second review is strategic for Greece as it not only delivers on key reforms to modernise the Greek economy but also secures a credible fiscal path for the years to come, beyond the ESM programme. It is now for all partners to reach an understanding on the question of Greece's debt in the coming weeks. It is time to turn the page on this long and difficult austerity chapter for the Greek people. With this agreement, we need now to write a new story of stability, jobs and growth for Greece and for the euro area as a whole."

STATEMENT/17/1188

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