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EC to freeze funds to Greece “due to alleged cartel of major constructor companies”

The European Commission will freeze all payments of  the European Regional Development Fund/Cohesion fund to Greece for the 2014-2020 programs, due to activities of an alleged cartel of major construction companies and large foreign companies present in Greece. These companies have been involved in public works for over 27 years …

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Tax Authorities seize 500,000 bank accounts, collect €1.6bn in Jan-May 2016

Greek Tax Administration has been studiously taking from debtors what it belongs to the state. From January to April 2016, tax authorities have reportedly “emptied” 428,465 debtors’ bank accounts. If the seizures in May be added, the total number reaches over 500,000. In comparison: 333,776 bank account seizures last year. …

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Program Review concluded, ESM approves €7.5bn, Supplemental MoU with more measures

Greece passed the test “Program Review” with success, after the government completed all prior actions. Therefore the board of directors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) approved the disbursement of €10.3 billion. It is the second tranche of the third bailout. The first disbursement of  €7.5 billion, is expected to …

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BoG Monetary Policy Report: High Taxation has recessional effects

In its Monetary Policy Report 2015-2016, the Bank of Greece urges for overhauling of the bailout agreement with 20-year extension of the loans, lower the Primary surplus target to 2%.  The report describes the high taxation as “recessionary” and calls for a shift of policy focus towards reforms and privatizations, …

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EWG, Germany approve €7.5bn bailout tranche for Greece

All prior action demanded from Greece have been fulfilled. The Euro Working Group gave the green light for the disbursement of the €7.5billion bailout tranche form the European Stability Mechanism on Thursday evening. The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag approved the disbursement on Friday morning. According to Reuters, the …

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Greek FinMin: Once QE for Greek bonds, Grexit will be off the table

Greek bonds will soon become eligible for the European Central Bank’s asset-purchase program, paving the way for an easing of capital controls, and the gradual recovery of investor confidence, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said. In an interview to Bloomberg, the Greek Finance Minister said also that once Greece is part …

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Lenders’ Water Torture: Two Privatization issues delay Greece’s Program Review & bailout tranche

Greece and lenders are just a couple of steps away to conclude the Greek Program Review and have the 7.5-billion euro bailout tranche arrive in Athens and from there have 90% of the loan turn back to lenders. The Euro Working Group did not close the Review yesterday, Monday, but …

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Greece & Institutions agreed on which prior actions would not be implemented

Greece’s economic team and institutional creditors are a step closer to the release of the 3. bailout tranche of 7.5 billion euro. In an extraordinary teleconference that ended in the early morning hours of Wednesday, the two sides reportedly agreed on  several ‘open’ prior actions that Athens had said it …

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Auctions & foreclosures start with real estate, hotels & 180 sheep

It’s done. Despite the famous Greek summer, as of tomorrow, June 1st 2016, it will rain auctions and foreclosures. The relevant Presidential Decree was signed and published in the Official Gazette. Apartments, villas, land plots, hotels, ships, helicopters and yachts but also 180 sheep and poultry farm equipment with 4 …

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