Luxembourg-based ESM approves €2.8 billion in bailout funds for Greece

Eurozone officials announced Tuesday they have approved 2.8 billion euros for Greece from its huge third bailout after the cash-strapped nation delivered the needed reforms.

Following the latest disbursement approved by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Greece will have received 31.7 billion euros of the 86-billion-euro bailout granted in July 2015, its third since being engulfed by debt in 2010.

“Today’s decision to disburse 2.8 billion euros to Greece is a sign that the Greek people are steadily making progress in reforming their country,” the ESM’s managing director Klaus Regling said in a statement.

An ESM spokesman stated that the funds would likely be disbursed Wednesday.

The left-wing government of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reached milestones in pension reform, bank governance, the energy sector, and revenue collection, according to the director of the ESM, the Eurozone body controlling Greece’s bailout loans.

The government won office in January 2015 initially opposed to creditor demands.

“It has also taken further steps in making the new privatisation and investment fund operational,” Regling said of the government which won office in January 2015 initially opposed to creditor demands.

If Greece implements more of the reforms under the bailout programme, its economy could “accelerate next year and the government may be able to start issuing bonds again next year,” Regling said.

Athens has not issued bonds since 2014, the only time that has happened since the start of the crisis in 2010.

Two weeks ago Eurozone finance ministers unlocked 1.1 billion euros for Greece but held back the other 1.7 billion over Athens’s mountain of unpaid bills over doubts from Germany.

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