05/08/2010 - Concluding their first quarterly reveiw mission to Athens, the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund assess that the Greek government’s economic program has made a strong start.
Staff teams from the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Athens during July 26-August 5 for the first quarterly review of the Greek government’s economic program, which is being supported by a EUR 80 billion loan from Euro area countries and a EUR 30 billion Stand-By Arrangement with the Fund. The strategy and key policies remain as described in the May 2010 Letter of Intent and Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies..
The mission's overall assessment is that the program has made a strong start. The end-June quantitative performance criteria have all been met, led by a vigorous implementation of the fiscal program, and important reforms are ahead of schedule. However, important challenges and risks remain.
>> Press release IP/10/1033. Statement by the EC, ECB, and IMF on the First Review Mission to Greece