Greece kicks off difficult week of talks with creditors, pensions top agenda

Greek government officals held their first meeting on Monday as part of the first review of the country’s bailout program with the mission heads sent by the institutions representing Greece’s creditors.

The Greek side was led by finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos, who was also joined by economy, development and tourism minister Giorgos Stathakis and alternate finance ministers Giorgos Chouliarakis and Tryfonas Alexiadis.

The government is open to reaching an understanding and cooperation, and is coming to the new round of talks with the representatives of the institutions with a constructive attitude, government sources told reporters.

Regarding the proposed reforms to Greece’s pension system, Greek government sources repeated that there can be no further pension cuts adding that Athens has already worked out alternative plans for avoiding cuts, which will be presented if necessary.

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