Greece to get $5.3 bn loan by Monday: EU

Brussels, July 27 (IANS) Greece will get a 4-billion-euro (about $5.3 billion) bailout loan from international lenders by Monday, the European Commission (EC) has said.

According to EC spokesperson Simon O'Connor, deputy finance ministers of the 17-country eurozone approved the unlocking of aid funds to Greece in a meeting, reported Xinhua Friday.

"With the provision that national approval procedures are completed, which we expect to happen by Monday, the disbursement can take place," he said during a news conference.

Under current plans, Athens is to receive an additional 1.8 billion euros from the International Monetary Fund in August and a further 1 billion euros from its European counterparts in October.

European Commission, the executive body of 28-member European Union (EU), is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union's treaties and day-to-day running of the EU.


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