Dijsselbloem: ‘Small progress’ being made

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup, the committee of the eurozone finance ministers, said Thursday that little progress has been made in talks between Greece and its EU partners.

“I think we’ll just take stock of the progress being made, which seems to be small, and I hope we can get the whole thing moving again because we need a lot of work to do,” Dijsselbloem told reporters as he arrived for a meeting on Greece on the sidelines of the EU Council meeting of European leaders.

The meeting, called at the request of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and organized by European Council President Donald Tusk, will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, ECB chief Mario Draghi and the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.

“(The Greek government) should know we stand ready to support them on the basis of the agreement we reached on the 20th of February in the Eurogroup. I think that was a very clear statement, to which the Greeks adhered, so let’s work on that basis,” Dijsselbloem added.

“It’s very clear what we have to do. We have to work hard to reach a package, which then has to be implemented within the coming three months. Time’s ticking away, so we don’t have a lot of time, so we really have to get to work,” he said.