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No additional package of measures will be asked, according to European officials

No additional package of measures will be asked, according to European officials

Following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ telephone conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk and his warning that if a Eurogroup meeting is not held, e will request a Eurozone summit meeting, there was a spurt of activity in Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, according to exclusive information of ANA-MPA on Thursday (28/04/2016).

Tusk started a marathon of consultations with Germany reacting negatively to a possible Council meeting and France stating it will support Tsipras’ proposal if there’s no positive development soon with a Eurogroup.

European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, reassured Tsipras in a phone conversation on Wednesday evening saying he will take initiatives so that a Eurogroup meeting is held soon and that it includes talks on debt relief.

Considering debt talks need time to prepare, Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem is considering calling for a meeting on May 9 or 10, to allow for consultations, according to ANA-MPA information. Dijsselbloem may also invite the French, German and Greek finance ministers, as well as the heads of the three institutions, Mario Draghi (ECB), Jean-Claude Juncker (EC) and Christine Lagarde (IMF), so as to achieve an agreement ahead of the Eurogroup.

The Greek premier’s request for a European Council meeting remains at the table as a safety measure in case the Eurogroup meeting doesn’t produce any results. In this case, a summit will be called for May 14 or 15.