Greece has submitted seven reforms to the Eurogroup, which is meeting today (Monday) in Brussels so that the debate on the reform proposals can start, according to government sources, a procedure that is expected to change the climate and the ECB's decisions.
The same sources said that "Greece in Monday's Eurogroup will set the framework of the decision of February 20, a framework based on the commitments made not only by Greece but also the partners. Therefore, the Greek side is implementing its pledges, as they are presented in Finance Minister's letter."
The prime minister starts a new round of international contacts. On Thursday he will travel to Paris where he will speak to the OECD for the reforms to be made in Greece in order to reorganize the public administration to tackle tax evasion and restore social justice. He will meet the head of the OECD Angel Gurria. The Prime Minister has also agreed to have a meeting with the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker before the summit to discuss how to use EU funds in order to address the humanitarian crisis and tackle unemployment.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also spoke by phone with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi and French President Francois Hollande.
Tsipras, according to government sources, told Draghi that he respects the independence of ECB, which must not succumb to political pressures, but noted that the Bank on its part should also see Greece independently of who is Greek finance minister.
In his conversation with Hollande, Tsipras agreed with him to extend collaboration and to have the finance ministers of both countries meet in Paris very soon, repeating that meeting in Athens as well.
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