More Can-Kicking For Greece...
- Continuing in the fine European debt crisis tradition of making decisions without tangible, consequential results, FinMin's agreed to maybe give Greece some cash, maybe later, maybe... Nothing significant happening on this one. Here's a good recap of the convoluted, indecisive conditionality:
(Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers will give a tentative go-ahead for the disbursement of 44 billion euros in emergency loans to Greece on Tuesday, but the money will only be paid on Dec. 5 if the country meets all remaining conditions.
Officials familiar with preparations for the finance ministers' meeting expect a "political endorsement in principle" on unfreezing loans to Athens, along with a discussion on how to reduce Greek debt and provide two extra years of external financing to allow the country to meet its fiscal targets.
Greece must also show that it has fully committed to a detailed package of economic reforms, called "prior actions", before any further emergency loans can be paid out.
Once ministers have given their political endorsement, proposals on how to cut Greek debt and provide additional financing can be sent to national parliaments for approval, a step that is expected to be completed by Nov. 30.
This will give Athens time to complete the few outstanding "prior actions". International lenders will check if the remaining reforms are in place on Nov. 28 and euro zone finance ministers will make the final decision to pay the next tranche to Athens on Dec. 3, according to the schedule seen by Reuters.